Jo Tyabji – Performing Structural Violence

Jo Tyabji makes theatre in and out of theatres, as a performer and director. She works with adults, young people, professionals and non-professionals. She holds a masters in Violence, Conflict and Development and was an editor of openSecurity, the section of openDemocracy dealing with conflict and peacebuilding, for two years. Here she investigates the power of performance to critique structural violence. Structural violence is by definition embedded, invisible – indistinguishable from the quotidian social structures that shape the norms we live by. Performance can make the structures visible. The victim becomes the enactor, the spectator encounters the perpetrator – who is their self, met within a world both more stark and more mutable.

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