WHAT IS QOTO TRAINING COURSE ABOUT?
Theatre in human rights education
Queens of Theatre of the Oppresed (QOTO) is an intensive three phase training on Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) methodology focusing on LGBT+ issues. It has been supported by the Erasmus+:Youth in Action programme.
Martina Čurdová works as a theatre director, performer and lecturer. She studied at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. In search for different approaches Martina explored various methods of social theatre in Spain and Brazil, where she also learned to dance samba and appreciate every new day.
She studied Theatre of the Oppressed in Centre Cívic in Barcelona and in Centro do Teatro do Oprimido in Rio de Janeiro, where she became a certified trainer of this method. At the same time she was been working with excluded communities in Spain and Latin America. Back in Czech Republic, she started an NGO called Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory.
She has been applying theatre as a way of personal liberation and social transformation, working with diverse groups and communities all around the world. She combines different techniques, ranging from Theatre of the Oppressed to new circus.
You can find a few more words from her on the QOTO training below.
Theatre of the Oppressed
Theatre of the Oppressed is a set of theatre techniques that Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal has been elaborating throughout his life, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. When the dictatorship started in Brasil in 1964, he begun to search for theatre forms to make people aware of the situation and motivate them to take action in their everyday lives. Boal's techniques use theatre as means of empowering communities and promoting personal, social and political change.
During our training we will focus on Forum theatre. It's creative, fun and powerful technique which explores different solutions to problems or conflicts we all deal with – in family, in relationships, at school, in a community or in public spaces. During Forum performance actors reveal a problem and invite the audience to come up and search for solutions on stage. In this way people learn together and train themselves in safe space of fiction to solve conflicts and deal with difficult situations in their own lives. The process will be divided in three parts: two residential trainings with practice in between them.
The first phase will be interactive and practical, with solid theoretical background. We'll start with games to energize our bodies and minds and connect with each other. Next we'll go through theatre excersises and Image theatre technique that can help you to know better the community you work with and to see what are the possible conflicts and oppressions they face.We will then share stories and build Forum performances, using various rehearsal techniques. We'll also try out to facilitate the audience interventions to see how it all works together.
We will make every step conscious through reflection and discuss all the questions or doubts that might emerge during the process. We will go through all the aspects of building the Forum theatre, so that participants will get ready to design, run and evaluate a workshop with their own community as a practice between the two trainings.
During the the second phase we will share and reflect our practice experience and have a closer look at other techniques, such as Newspaper theatre or Aesthetics of the Oppressed. We will also perform in public together and search for possibilities how to implement TO in everyone's work.
You don't need any acting skills or theatre experience to join this workshop, Forum is based on the idea that everyone can make theatre, even the actors!
Looking forward to meeting you soon,
Who is invited to apply?
United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Greece and Bulgaria.
When and where?
4. - 13.12. 2018, Velké Pavlovice, Czech Republic
19. - 27.3. 2019, Modra, Slovakia
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