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A practice of humanization through 47 snapshots of attention.



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In conflict, our attention is often primarily on the gestures of attack and defense.
The Dis/Agreement Project invites attention to a broader spectrum of human gesture, to expand our sense of what matters in times and places of conflict.

In the project, ten artists from around the world engaged in spoken and physical conversations with people with whom they agreed and disagreed.

The gestures of the artists and their conversation partners– 47 people from 11 countries– were then transcribed into written and spoken language, creating choreographic distillations of experience to be again fleshed out into action by the minds of listeners and viewers.



Mengfan Wang (China / Japan), Jakevis Thomason (South Carolina, United States), Valerie Oliveiro (Mni Sota Makoce, United States, Singapore), Jacquey Nyaminde (Nairobi, Kenya), Ani Javian (New Jersey, United States), Mayra Hernandez (Boston, United States), Dana Caspersen (Vermont/ Frankfurt), Isaac Blake (UK Romani Gypsy), Nour Barakeh (Syria/ Austria), and Jumana Al Refai (Kuwait).



THE DIS/AGREEMENT PROJECT is a work from Dana Caspersen in collaboration with: Mengfan Wang, Jakevis Thomason, Valerie Oliveiro, Jacquey Nyaminde, Ani Javian, Mayra Hernandez, Isaac Blake, Nour Barakeh, and Jumana Al Refai.


With many thanks to our conversation partners:

ZHIGUANG, Beijing, China

YASSINE, Lebanon

XIAXIN, Jinshandian, China

WILLIAM, Boston, U.S.

THOMAS, Brooklyn, New York

TERESA, Rhode Island, U.S.

TAKESHA, South Carolina, U.S.

SIOBHAN, England

SAMANTHA JOHN, Nairobi, Kenya

SALLY, UK Romani Gypsy

RYAN, South Carolina, U.S.

RIZWAN, New Jersey, U.S.

RAJA, Brooklyn, New York

QING, Qingdao, China 

QAMAR, Mni Sóta Makoce

ONESHIA, South Carolina

OLIVER, Boston, U.S.


MICHELLE, New Jersey, U.S.

MELVIN, Nairobi, Kenya

MARTIN, Austria

MARIAM, Kuwait

MARCELA, Mni Sóta Makoce (Minneapolis), U.S.

MAGNUS, Rhode Island, U.S.

LACEY, South Carolina, U.S.


IVAN, Croatia

IDDI, Nairobi, Kenya


HADEEL, Kuwait

GUNDI, Austria

ÈSTÊBÁN, Welsh Kali

BRIANNA, California

ANWAAR, Kuwait

ANTHONY, Nairobi, Kenya

ALLISON, Welsh Romani

ADRIANE, Boston, U.S.

Voices in Action recording: Jumana Al Refai, Nour Barakeh, Dana Caspersen, Ani Javian, Èstêbán Mordecai, Jacquey Nyminde, Jakevis Thomason, Mengfan Wang


Film editor: Adam Agostino

For more information on changing the conversation in conflict, please visit:


THE DIS/AGREEMENT PROJECT is supported by the Goethe Institutes of Boston & Chicago, the Dance Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, the State University of N.J., USA, the National Performance Netz-Stepping Out, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR, [aid program DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] of the Dachverband Tanz, Germany.

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