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Training 1. Engaging men in gender equality

Aimed at men, the workshop is intended to engage men as agents of gender inequality change. Women face multiple subtle sexists in their daily workplace. This workshop is intended to help men be aware of their own behaviour and to develop strategies to communicate differently with female colleagues.

We believe that men are essential in advancing gender equality. Participants are given the opportunity to reflect, explore and analyse the issues that affect them and their relationships with women. The workshop takes place in a safe and encouraging environment, with opportunities to experience the holistic benefits of creative participation.

Training 2. Empowering women through creative action

Aimed at women, this workshop is intended to help participants to drive change in their lives. Often, it can be challenging to identify unconscious gender biases and stereotypes and to talk openly about gender-role divisions or current patterns and behaviours affecting women.

By using drama, role-play and Theatre of the Oppressed* techniques, we offer effective and empowering tools that encourage women to explore day-today issues, tackle social preconceptions, develop new ideas and foster positive change.

Our workshop is designed to enable women to open up and express themselves. Participants are given the opportunity to reflect, explore and analyse the issues that affect them in a safe and encouraging environment, while experiencing the holistic benefits of creative participation.

Training Theatre of Yes

In this workshop, students will explore how theatre, especially physical theatre, can offer a space where participants feel free to articulate their ideas and be creative. They will also focus on how to devise a performance that emerges from participants’ personal stories, creating theatre that is unique to them. This method is intended for those interested in developing theatre that reveals the complexities of communities at risk or those looking to integrate creative approaches to their social practice.

Yet how can we create a high-quality performance with people who are not professional actors but have stories that should be shared?

How can we use powerful performances as an axis of change? How can emotions be the motor for the struggle against the social oppression that many groups suffer?

Through years of creating plays with groups around the world, Marina Pallares-Elias has realized the importance of scenic quality as the axis of change to break stereotypes that people in situations of vulnerability are often confronted with. Instead of developing a leafleting campaign to raise awareness of people suffering oppressive circumstances, Marina proposes the creation of an emotional performance from often hidden personal stories where the important result is collective catharsis between spectators and actors. In this work, hidden questions are answered and emotions and desires hitherto deprived of space to be shared are revealed.

Workshop Theatre of the Oppressed

The Theatre of the Oppressed workshop is an introductory workshop designed for people who want to learn Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. This theatre form was created by influential practitioner Augusto Boal, who was inspired by the vision of Paulo Freire and his pedagogy of the oppressed. This is a community-based education technique that uses theatre as a tool for transformation. The Theatre of the Oppressed technique develops critical thinking through analysing community situations and engaging the participants and audience in an active dialogue. The Theatre of the Oppressed is implemented around the world for social participation, community building, therapy, political activism and conflict resolution.

This workshop will focus on:

  • introducing Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for social transformation;
  • providing the participants with an understanding of applied theatre;
  • developing non-verbal communication by exploring the full potential of the body;
  • encouraging critical thinking and reflection around social issues.

In this workshop, we will use a range of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, including: 

  • Theatre games
  • Image theatre, where spect-actors are invited to recreate concepts or emotions through static expression
  • Forum theatre, which involves the creation of a performance that centres on a situation of oppression and ends with an unresolved problem for the protagonist. The spect-actors are then invited to offer suggestions on how to help the protagonist and they take the stage to rehearse their suggestions with the other performers.