InGaDS (Institute for Gender and Development Studies) Sri Lanka and Service Civil International jointly organized a five day workshop on Theatre of the Oppressed to curb gender based violence, from 3rd to 8th August, 2013. The workshop was a huge success, as it trained a pool of twenty practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed to be active in curbing gender based violence. The two trainers, Matteo Testino/Italy and Nena Mocnik/Slovenia played untiring roles during five days to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills among the trainees. Their services are greatly appreciated by InGaDS as it was completly a voluntary work to develop capacity of the trainees.
The Forum Theatre, Newspaper Theatre and the Invisible Theatre were the three key methods trained in the workshop. The climax of the workshop was the trainee playing Invisible Theatre in the reality in three places in Kandy and Peradeniya. The selected topics for the Invisible theatre were (1) harrasments on girls in public places, and (2) women's purchasing power.
The first topic was able to make the public aware of possible harrasment in public places using digital cameras, and the second one let the public question about harrasment happennig over women's purchasing power. InGaDS is in the process of organizing the pool of trainees as activists against gended based violence, who use the Theatre of the Oppressed effectively to curb them.
We thank Service Civil International, Matteo Testion and Nena Mocnik and all the participants for making the event a great success.
We can gain, only if we share!!
Written by Nishadi Somaratne, PhD Freelance Consultant in Gender, Social Capital, and Rural Community Development.
Za projekat "Njezina priča o grudnjaku i nožu" tražimo volonterke, studentke psihologije, političkih i društvenih nauka, socijalne radnice i ostale zainteresovane i angažirane žene za pomoć na radionicama, organizaciji mjesta održavanja radionice, i komunikaciji s učesnicima.
Poslije pozitivnih reakcija žena iz Bratunca i Donjeg Vakufa, koje su bile učesnice prošle godine, radionice bit če drugi put predstavljene u Bosni i Hercegovini ove jeseni. Radionice će biti organizovane u dva različita grada za dvije grupe žena, koje su bile žrtve političkog i seksualnog nasilja u ratu i poslije rata i trajat će ukupno 12 dana po grupi.
Volunterke mogu dobiti sledeća znanja i iskustva:
- upoznavanje različitih pozorišnih terapeutskih tehnika za rad u socialno ugroženim i izsključenim grupama
- susret s novim ljudima, koji se na različite načine bave protiv seksualnog nasilja
- razvijanje profesionalnih mreža
- važan doprinos podizanju svijesti o važnim pitanjima na področju borbe i edukacije protiv seksualnog nasilja
Rok za prijavu je: 15. avgust 2013. Za više informacija o projekatu, procesu prijavljivanja, zahtjevama ili prijavu, pišite na ovu adresu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uvodni sastanak i radionica sa volunterima bit če organizovana krajem septembra u Sarajevu, BiH.
Sexually abused in a field by her supervisor, a woman and her four-year legal battle against her former employer highlights the PBS Frontline documentary Rape in the Fields. The combination of finacial desperation and tenuous immigration status make agricultural workers vulnearble to workplace violence and less inclined to report crimes. The federal government in USA estimates thatr 65% of all sexual assault and rape victims never report the crime. An estimated 560,000 women work on U.S. farms.
Taking into consideration, the effectiveness of the
tool of Theatre of the Oppressed and Engaged Drama, the CSI and InGaDS Sri Lanka are jointly organizing a FIVE-DAYS WORKSHOP in Kandy, Sri Lanka on the second week of August 2013 (3rd-8th August 2013), in order to train a
variety of participants to use these tools for curbing Gender Based Violence
(GBV). With the support of theatre tools, we aim to stress this problem among broader
audience, open its questions and disccuss with people not on general solutions
but on solutions they proposed and that they believe could work in their
The Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a social problem all around the world, which even
develop feelings of fear and insecurity
in our everyday life, regardless of whether we are in the domestic or
public spheres. The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at
least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused
during her lifetime. In Sri Lanka, the rate of rape cases reported to the
Police alone is six cases per day. This indicates the need for exploring better
ways to communicate with the public on GBVAnd demands active engagmente
of civic population against it.
involved to theatre from 2004 and attended a social theatre school in
Florence, Italy from 2005-2008. During this period got the opportunity to work
with many theatre directors, co-facilitate workshops and shows with actors in
different abilities. Specialized in organizing trainings, workshops and
performance for former prison mates, able and differently able children,
Nena Mocnik, Slovenia
as a junior researcher at Faculty of Social Sciences, focuses her studies and
work on different discriminatory practices and conflict cultures,
multiculturalism, social exclusion and political violence. She works as
pedagogue in non-formal education since 2008, using different interactive
approaches, especially educational theatre & engaged drama. She directed 3
performances and this year, becoming a D&F Academy fellow, she is
developing an educational program for theatre-based learning against sexualized
Final performance was held on March 8th 2013, 7pm, Glej Theatre/Ljubljana. It consisted of several pieces that were created as single scenes during the workshop. Stories were based on women's experiences, newspaper articles, they were inspired by lectures, round table, discussion sessions and engaged drama excercises.
At the end of the perfomance, audience were invited to take part in the discussion, led and carried out by participating women, opening questions and sharing opinions on performance and the topic of political violence against women.
Women-Enculturation Scene, performed by (from left to right): Valerie, Hebe, Krisztina, Danijela
(Photo: Nada Žgank)
Falling in Love Scene, performed by (from left to right): Stela & Hebe (Photo: Nada Žgank)
Harrasment Scene, performed by (from left to right): Stela, Magdalena, Danijela, Hebe, Valerie)
WE MUST ALL DO THEATRE - TO FIND OUT WHO WE ARE AND TO DISCOVER WHO WE COULD BECOME (Augusto Boal).
The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is the theoretical and practical basis of the Theatre of the oppressed. It is a set of creative activities that aim at dimantling the oppressive system's castrating strategies of influencing and convincing the oppressed that they are incapable of creating, participating and deciding. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is a means of fighting against the aesthetic invasion of the brains, against the domination of ideas and perceptions and the authoritariat imposition of pre-established conceptions of the beautiful, the right and the desirable. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is an excercies of freedom that goes against the passive consumption and stimulates the creative and critical production of culture and knowledge.
This work attempts to stimulate the group members to develop their own aesthetic perception so that the power of the stories told, the force of this dramaturgy inherent in life can have a plastic (and political) representations with which they identify and which they recognize themselves.
The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is not the art of decoration. It is the art of expression. Its objective should be the aesthetic communication of the perception the group has of their own reality (Kuringa Group).
Lecture by Svetlana Slapšak: Ancient Theatre, Shadow Theatre & Feminism (Photo: Nada Žgank)
Roundtable "What happens to woman, stays in woman" From left to right: Nena Močnik (moderator), Boštjan Videmšek (Delo Journalist & War Reporter), Nela Pamuković (Womens Court & Center for Women Victims of War) & Jovana Mihajlović-Trbovc (Peace Institute). (Photo: Nada Žgank)
Lecture by Manca Juvan: Framing the violence (Photo: Nada Žgank)
KNOWING THE BODY AND MAKING IT EXPRESSIVEby Ana Rokvić- Pinterić
The workshop aims to introduce different body-based techniques, deriving from Applied Drama and Theatre of the oppressed approaches. Apart from getting to know the basics of using body in dramatic expression, participants will stress and try to overcom their own taboos, obstacles and sterotypes on human body and its cultural & social meaning.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Ana Rokvić Pinterić, 1982, met the methods of Theatre of the oppressed eleven years ago. She attended different courses and trainings all over the word, and since 2000 she has worked as a practitioner herself. Ana is a theatre director, pedagogue and actress, working in different associations and institutes. She is a founder of Grad Teater, a group organizing Le Soleil, a festival of theatre, music and dance. In 2008, she prepared a performance "Mehki ć" in cooperation with Jemo zenf Theatre group.
WOMANHOOD, MYTHS AND REALITIES by Nena Močnik
Participants will question and ciritize the cultural construction of woman- and/or manhood, our gender-based social roles and influences that they have on people's ordinary lives. The focus will be in radicalization of our gender roles in the political conflict and wars, in terms of radical sexual violence and rape. The aim of workshop is to break the established gender narratives and create new ones. The outcome will be presented in the final performance on March 8th.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Nena Močnik, 1986, junior reserarcher at Faculty of Social Sciences, focuses her study and works on different discriminatory practices and conflict cultures, multiculturalism, social exclusion and political violence. She works as pedagogue in non-formal education since 2008, using different forms of interactive approaches, especially educational theatre & engaged drama. She directed three performances and this year, becoming a D&F Academy Fellow, she is developing a program for multicultural learning and peace education with the support of educational theatre tools.
FOR THE SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS & APPLICATION PROCESS please contact Barbara Hribar (email@example.com) or Nena Močnik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, March 1st 2013 Azil Bookshop, Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana
"I became feminist after reading a seminal study on feminist reading of Ancient Drama by Froma Zeitlin in 1986. Since then my writing about the theatre, my theatre writing and my activim are closely related. Recently I had a chance to create the first group for the shadow theatre (Greek Karadjozis type) in Slovenia, and wrote texts for several performances (the first being about a famous Greek singer, resistant and lesbian Sotiria Belou), the new performative context allowed me to explore a new feminist space and notions."
Theatre Training Course
on Political Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones
We invite women, immigrants, scholars and social theatre practitioners, to the international and interdisciplinary workshop, held in
March 2013. Workshop aims to empower women victims of war & ethnic conflict
violence, refugees and immigrants all over Europe, and to bring their stories
that lack of public atttention and sensibility back to front with the support
of engaged art, including perfromance, poetry and photography. Final
performance, created by women, will be presented to public on March 8th 2013.
More info & applying for the TC: email@example.com (Barbara Hribar)