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Forum theatre

Last Saturday, the 23rd of November 2019, Daniel Bustillo and Lourdes Jiménez Turza held a forum theatre workshop at dinámica Teatral. The event was following and completing the one-week training course 'ACTion ReACTion', that they had attended in September.

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-26 at 12.24.41 (1).jpegEleven Participants, including teachers and young people, from dinámica Teatral were able to take part in the three-hour workshop. At 4:30h everybody had gotten together, and excited chatter filled 'aula chekhov', the room where the event took place. In the first half of the event, the facilitators spoke about the background of forum theater, focusing on the idea behind it, where it came from and it's remarkable effects on society. Some may be familiar with the topic hearing the term 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. This type of theatre focuses on the spectators opportunity to intervene with the performance, as a way of changing the plot or to introduce new ideas. In the second half, the Participants were asked to perform different exercises, and the group had to create ideas based on the forum theatre-technique.

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One example can be seen in this picture on the right: the Participants were asked to form a machine and to perform an action repeatedly. The machine was supposed to reflect on different strong emotions, such as love and hate.

Everybody came out of the worksop with great inspiration and desire to continue working with all the different aspects of what they had just learned. So thanks again to Daniel and Lourdes for the quick introduction to this form of theatre practise!

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