Social Rainbow - dates to be announced
“We must all do theatre – to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” Augusto Boal
Theatre of the Oppressed and Social Presencing Theatre are two methodologies that can support us to transform (internalised) oppression. In this training for trainers we will explore how these two methodologies can support and supplement each other. We will both go on a personal journey exploring how to transform our own internalised oppression and reflect on different ways to apply these methodologies in our own training work. This training is aimed at trainers and facilitators working in the broad field of social change, so for example civil disobedience trainings, sustainable activism, consensus decision making, campagin strategy and many other topics. For those who are unfamiliar with Theatre of the Oppressed we will organise a one day introduction to Image Theatre, one of the basic techniques that this training will build on, early April, in Brussels.
The training will take place from the evening of 21st untill the 26th of April in a residential training centre in Hodister, 2 hours from Brussels. We will provide three vegan meals per day, with vegetarian and glutenfree options.
We work with a solidarity economy, meaning we ask you to give according to your financial capacity. For this training we suggest a sliding scale between 525 and 175 euro, with 350 euro being our break-even price. Please note that we are a starting project with no regular funding, so unfortunately we are not yet able to offer bursary places.
There are limited spaces available for this training, so please apply in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the methodology
In 1970s Brazil, Augusto Boal developed forum theatre to help citizens explore options in response to external oppressors: cops, landlords, the military, the dictatorship. When he fled to Europe, he realised the context here was very different. In Europe oppressors were no longer only external, but had somehow “moved into heads” of citizens – people had internalised their oppression. This meant that there was less need for a physical oppressor. In response to this different context he used the foundation of Image Theatre to develop a therapeutic theatre, called the “Rainbow of Desire”.
Social Presencing Theatre is not “theater” in the conventional sense. It uses simple body postures and movements to: dissolve (clear away) limiting concepts, communicate directly without need for words and access intuition. It makes both the current reality visible and at the same time discovers the points where there is space for creating profound (deep) change.
This course will be a unique opportunity to experience both techniques in application and explore the subtle yet fundamental relationships between these two practices. In this way we can develop both individual and social resilience and create increased capacity within ourselves and our communities.
George Wielgus (they/them)
George is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer. They have travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, working with groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to recovering heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. As founder of the training collective Reboot The Roots they have a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator. They qualified in their Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire whilst working with Cardboard Citizens in 2010.
Ruth Cross makes things happen. Her practice has developed from landscape performance and micro-choreography into coordinating projects which bring people together to talk, play, inspire and collaborate. She is an associate artist with Encounters Arts and Battersea Arts Centre and co-founder of The Eroles Project, an international network that explores inner work for outer action. Ruth founded Cross Collaborations in 2009, a collective who devise social actions and intimate live art performances which focus on voice, listening with compassion and connecting to the earth.