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Theatre of the Oppressed: Developing a Pedagogy of Solidarity?

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Theatre of the Oppressed: Developing a Pedagogy of Solidarity?

Linds, Warren (1998) Theatre of the Oppressed: Developing a Pedagogy of Solidarity? Theatre Research in Canada, 19 (2). ISSN 1913-9101

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Abstract

Augusto Boal in Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) proposes that knowledge acquired aesthetically is already, in itself, the beginning of a transformation. In the past few years the author has been using this approach with high school students and teachers to address issues of racism. Interactive theatre presentations were developed in intensive week-long workshops, or in shorter workshops over longer periods of time. The workshops explored the inter-related aspects of the participants becoming aware of their bodies, enabling them to use the body as a vocabulary of expression, creating theatre through verbal and non-verbal language, and using theatre to activate audiences. This article includes a critique of the author's own adaptation of TO and the underlying assumptions of its methodology, structure, and form of transformative theatrical creation. In particular, the author explores TO in the context of anti-racist pedagogy and the development of critical theatre/drama practitioners to address issues raised.

Dans son livre, Le Théâtre de l'opprimé, Augusto Boal propse que le théâtre est une forme de connaissance et, en soi, est le début d'une transformation. Pendant ces dernières années, l'auteur utilisait cette approche avec des étudiants et des enseignants de l'école sécondaire pour s'adresser au sujet de racisme. Les représentations théâtrales et interactives étaient développées au cours des ateliers intensifs, soit d'une semaine, soit d'une durée plus courte. Ces ateliers avaient comme but l'intention de prendre, aux participants, conscience du corps, de trouver un vocabulaire expressif du corps, de créer des langues théâtrales aussi bien verbales que non-verbales et d'animer les spectateurs. Cette communication contient une critique du praxis de l'auteur et des concepts fondamentaux de TO portant sur la méthodologie, la structure et la forme d'une création transformative théâtrale. L'auteur propose d'explorer deux contextes de TO particuliers: du côté de la pédagogie anti-raciste et du côté du développement des practiciens/animateurs du théâtre qui doivent s'adresser aux résultats soulevés.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Linds, Warren
Journal or Publication:Theatre Research in Canada
Date:1998
ID Code:975051
Deposited By: WARREN LINDS
Deposited On:09 Jan 2013 21:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:39
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