• PLEK Methodology

    Participatory Theatre | Theatre of the Oppressed

  • Participatory Theatre

    We facilitate full embodiment of the arts as a real instrument for social and political change.

    Theatre is a pedagogical process and serves as a mirror to enable individuals and communities to reflect on their challenges, analyze their realities and search for perspectives to overcome undesirable situations.

     

    Our process goes beyond theatre, it aims to provoke social, concrete and continuous actions in real life. In short, we offer life-changing theatre. We see theatre as a training ground for action. Our participants are actively and directly involved in the creative process and they become co-authors, editors, and observers of their own work.

     

    Theatre of the Oppressed

     

      Augusto Boal: "We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it"

      Theatre of the Oppressed (hereafter TO) is a methodology created by Augusto Boal in Brazil in the 1970s. It was created to give the ‘oppressed’ a voice and to ‘humanize humanity’ through theatre based on the fact that every human being is theatre. After all, we all play different roles in our lives and are, in fact, all the actors. By playing with situations from real life, you give yourself and others the possibility to gain new insights to implement in your own life and as such in the communities you are part of.

       

      This methodology allows to explore both on an individual and collective level, and both subjectively and objectively what is happening in a certain unwanted or complex situation. Through the use of games, trust exercises, play, and the power of imagination we explore together habitual behaviour, analyse structures of power and oppression, engage in a dialogue and act out the change we want to see in our world.

       

      In summary, TO:

      • Boosts imagination and creativity which result in positivity and self-confidence

      • Helps to understand yourself and the world(s) around you

      • And, most importantly, how we might consequently change those worlds

      • Inspires you to observe, analyze and challenge belief systems
    • "If you don’t DO anything different,
      there won’t BE anything different!"

    • The process

      Our goal is to unfold concrete, social and continuous actions to transform realities.

      Raise AWARENESS

      We create a safe learning space(s) and guide group process to get deeper on what is alive within the group.

       

      We love to play! Our processes are full of creative games and exercises: warm-ups, interrelation, concentration, attention and improvisation!

      Create DIALOGUE and PARTICIPATION

      From guided physical dialogue to being fully accountable for the creative process. When dialogue goes beyond words! We use our words, but more importantly our body, sound, paint... to liberate ourselves and connect to the artist and playful side of you.

      Promote CHANGE

      We create a safe learning space(s) and guide group process to get deeper on what is alive within the group.

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