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Cultivating the art of safe space


Hunter, MA, Cultivating the art of safe space, Research in Drama Education, 13, (1) pp. 5-21. ISSN 1356-9783 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13569780701825195


Performance-making and peace-building are processes predicated on the production of safe space. But what is ‘safe space’? In performance-making, what is it that makes space safe without losing the creative potential of tension? What role is there for risk? And, once achieved, how does safe space become meaningful beyond its immediate community of participants?

This paper examines the value of the concept of ‘safe space’ in performance, suggesting that for applied theatre practitioners it is more than just a precursor for the art-making processes it supports. Here, safe space is considered as a processual act of ever-becoming: a space of messy negotiations that allow individual and group actions of representation to occur, as well as opportunities for ‘utopian performatives’.

Contact Inc’s Peace Project is profiled as a performance-based program that grounds these issues and offers insight into the ways in which ‘safe space’ might function beyond its conventional connotations of protection and guardedness to be mobilised in a broader grassroots agenda for social change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:safe space, community performance, peace-building, Contact Inc
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Hunter, MA (Dr Mary Ann Hunter)
ID Code:71926
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-08-15
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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