Goodnight War imagines the death of war. What if this happened? What would be missing? What would we miss? Stark approaches these questions through dance works and facilitated events that acknowledge wars presence, its effects on our culture, and how it benefits us through mourning war. Simultaneously we celebrate the possibility of peace, individually, socially, globally.
Goodnight War was firstpresented as an evening-length work at the 2010 Wilmington Fringe. With four dancers and a rotating group of six community participants, the work investigated our everyday experience of and relationship to war—through the lens of a funeral. In 2011, the significant themes of purpose, service and space were explored by creating three Eulogies for War. In 2012, two workshops for non-dancers were held in which they created movement reflecting with our personal relationships with war. Drawing on the Eulogies and workshops, a new evening-length work was presented in 2012 in the sanctuary of the Broad Street Ministry. The work involved seven dancers and a rotating group of ten community participants who participated in the rituals for war’s funeral.
In February of 2015, Stark facilitated an unconventional discussion about war and active peacemaking in a Goodnight War workshop with high school students at Abington Friends School (AFS). Building on the AFS workshop, earlier workshops, and the evening-length work at Broad Street Ministry, she created a new experiential performance works, Goodnight War Workshop, that premiered in the COLLAGE Festival in May 2015.