Workshop "Theatre of the Oppressed"
A workshop on theater of the oppressed, image theater and forum theater. This workshops will include many games to awaken our senses and minds, get to know each other and make us more familiar with our bodies. After that, we will theatrically explore our personal oppressions, connecting them with the “bigger picture”, the social context and through that we sculpture our “hope”, the society as we would like it to be. We will experiment with our bodies and their abilities on expressing our ideas and try to bring into reality what cannot be said with plain words.
Forum Theatre is a technique and method of “Theatre of the Oppressed” by Augusto Boal. The method is an activist tool aiming at social intervention, used also as an educational tool. This kind of theater tries to break down the boundaries between actors and spectators. Nobody is just one or another, they are both at the same time, something Boal calls spectactor. There is no actor without a spectator, while the spectator is the one asked to come on stage and overturn the end of the story. The spectator is asked to be an actor (spectactor) and suggest a possible solution so that oppression comes to an end.
Christos Karystinos is an actor and facilitator of Theater of the Oppressed(ToO) since 2014, with great interest in Forum theater and its use in political activism. He has participated or facilitated forum plays around the world (Greece, India, UK etc) while exchanging practices with other ToO practitioners around the world. He strongly believes that ToO is one of the most liberating and inclusive tools to transform the (global and local) society and help us in transition.
A member of the group “Activist group of ToO (Greece)” https://theatreoftheoppressedgreeceen.wordpress.com/about-2/
[I advise you to bring with you comfortable clothes and warm socks, snacks and water as the workshop is gonna be long.
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