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ERIC Number: EJ1053758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Performing Transformation in the Community University of the Rivers
Cohen, Dan Baron
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v34 n1 p89-112 2015
Dan Baron Cohen is a community-based art educator and cultural activist of Welsh-Quebecois origin, who lives and works in the Brazilian Amazon city of Maraba. After completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Oxford University, he developed collaborations with young people and their post-industrial communities at risk in northern England and South Wales, and with conflicted communities in the north of Ireland and South Africa. In 1998, Dan was granted a visiting professorship at the State University of Santa Catarina in Brazil to develop community theatre as pedagogy. This collaboration inspired artistic and cultural collaborations with Brazil's landless, indigenous, trade-union and university communities, and culminated in a series of national sculptural monuments. Dan decided to leave Wales in 1999 and, in partnership with art educator Manoela Souza, has dedicated his past 16 years to the development of a "transformance pedagogy"--artistic performance for transformation based in "cultural literacy"--across Brazil and in collaboration with arts education networks and universities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe. More recently, Dan's transformance pedagogy has been applied in the areas of health, security, sustainable agriculture, creative cities and special needs, in the constant (re-)search for an aesthetics of education which cultivates a paradigm of sustainable cooperation through the arts. Since 2009, Dan has lived in the urban Afro-Amazonian riverside community of Cabelo Seco, where his project "Rivers of Meeting" forms children and young people as artists, capable of applying their performance confidence as community leaders and pedagogical practitioners inside their own schools. Deeply critical of the present industrialization of the Amazon, the "Rivers of Meeting" project has won six national awards from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and UNICEF. This article chronicles part of Cohen's journey.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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