part community-building, part performance & a pursuit to heal from storytelling
Forgiveness is a topic that artists have addressed throughout time, and remains relevant today. This project provides an opportunity to participate and witness personal struggles and stories of forgiveness that lay a path for both personal and societal healing.
FORGIVENESS hopes to intersect the arts with community by exploring the unraveling, the consequences, and the expressions of multiple viewpoints and stories of forgiving.
across 6 continents and within 11 countries
In 2015, Emily Berry, Artistic Director of B3W, traveled for seven months around the world, initially implementing the FORGIVENESS Community Workshops across 6 continents, and within 11 countries: China, India, Australia, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Scotland, England, and Denmark; as well as in Michigan and New York in the United States.
During her travels, Emily discovered that creating a space for the expression of stories on forgiveness through art, words, and movement, provided an opportunity for transformation, regardless of culture, age, religion, or occupation.
Hearing stories from different people around the world has led us to dig deeper into ourselves as impactful and thoughtful artmakers on the theme of forgiveness: what it means to us; how it affects our local, national, and global communities; and how it can have an impact on us individually and collectively as a whole.
From 2016 to 2020, B3W will shift from multi-month incubation periods to a culmination of research on the topic of forgiveness by performances in three parts, both locally in New York City, and internationally:
- Part I: Forgiving the Personal
- Part II: How Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Dismantling Systemic Racism
- Part III: Self-Forgiveness
Through devised intermedia performances integrating words, live music, new media scenography, and movement, each body of work will highlight personal accounts from B3W artistic collaborators, in response to the FORGIVENESS Community Workshops.
The FORGIVENESS Community Workshops provide an opportunity for members of a community to share stories through reflective conversation, and moving their stories. Laying the foundations of forgiving into one’s daily practice, can in turn, create possibility for transformation within a people.
B3W works directly with community organizers to build a workshop that is specific to the group’s needs, having worked with performing arts organizations and presenters, artist-in-residency spaces, local rotary clubs, peace and justice centers, schools and universities, and community groups.