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Fuentes theater social_change

  1. 1. Re-writing the Script: Theater and Social Change
  2. 2. Scenarios of theater-based approaches: <ul><li>AIDS education in Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Incarceration </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul><ul><li>These scenarios include notions of social scripts that limit the options that people have in dealing with conflict situations . Theater is used as an interactive tool for people to explore solutions , share stories, and raise awareness . ACTION is theater’s core. In exploring different courses of ACTION we can change the script that conditions our responses in real-life situations. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Theater of the Oppressed (TO) <ul><li>Theater as a tool to fight oppression . </li></ul><ul><li>Context: late 60s. Military dictatorship in Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Influenced by Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed . </li></ul><ul><li>Not top-down teaching but teaching as dialogue. </li></ul>Augusto Boal Brazil, 1931-2009 Actor, director, playwright, teacher
  4. 4. Theater of the Oppressed <ul><li>Every human being “is theater” We have the capacity to “act” and to “watch ourselves acting” </li></ul><ul><li>In traditional theater, actors perform in our behalf. In TO we take ownership of actions and propose transformations to a scene. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Principles of TO <ul><li>Everybody performs </li></ul><ul><li>No actors/ spectators (”spect-actors”) </li></ul><ul><li>Theater as a language “Speak in theater” </li></ul><ul><li>Theater as a rehearsal for the revolution (prototyping the future) (“ I did it in on stage” includes “I did it”) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Techniques of the Theater of the Oppressed <ul><li>IMAGE THEATER (statues of Oppression) </li></ul><ul><li>FORUM THEATER (solution-making) </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible Theater (awareness) </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Theater (policy-making) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Today’s Guest: Lorena Morán <ul><li>Teatro Jornalero Associate Artistic Director </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: [email_address] </li></ul>
  8. 9. Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras : Day Laborer Theater Without Borders (Los Angeles) Founded by Cornerstone Theater and the National Day Labor Organizing Network
  9. 10. TJSF
  10. 12. Modern Slavery (Esclavitud Moderna)
  11. 13. TJSF: Roads to Paradise (Caminos al paraíso)
  12. 14. Rodhessa Jones. The Medea Project
  13. 15. Angela Wilson <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6vjBdsVlyI&feature=related </li></ul>
  14. 16. Gender and Performance <ul><li>Marcela Fuentes, Visiting Professor </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA’s Department of Women’s Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Winter 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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