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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

May 12-16: Conflict and Expression - Workshop on Theatre Of The Oppressed 
"Logos Theatre presents a workshop on Theatre Of The Oppressed and Forum Theatre, faciliated by Joshua Williams. Josh has studied theatre in Princeton and has specialized in TOTO techniques, which he has also had first hand experience in applying in Africa. In this workshop, he will be covering techniques of image theatre, frozen and dynamic sculpts singly and in groups, the Rainbow of Desire and Forum Theatre.
The workshop will enable participants to then apply these techniques to deal with conflictive situations. TOTO provides tools to create a safe space where people may deal with conflict and oppression, and then find alternatives that they can use in real life. This workshop is aimed at people who work in the non-governmental sector such as mediators, counselors, etc., educators, and senior professionals in the corporate sector.
A brief note on Joshua Williams, in his own words:
Josh Williams is an American ne'er-do-well who finds himself more or less unemployed most of the time. Presently he happens to be more or less unemployed in Bangalore, India. Nevertheless, he does know quite a bit about experimental theatre, baseball and old-fashioned hats. You should take the time to get to know him. He's really pretty delightful.
About Theatre of the Oppressed:
'Theatre of the Oppressed' is a body of performance theory and practice developed by the Brazilian director Augusto Boal, among others. The fundamental principle underlying all of the extremely varied work that shelters under the TOTO umbrella is that the creative arts can -- and should -- be turned to progressive, socially conscious ends. We think that's a good thing. Also TOTO -- the acronym itself -- reminds us of *The Wizard Of Oz*, which is a good movie. We hope you've seen it
In the words of Augusto Boal, Founder, Theatre of the Oppressed:
"The theatre of the Oppressed is a system of physical exercises, aesthetic games and special improvisations whose goal is to safeguard, develop and reshape this human vocation, by turning the practice of theatre into an effective tool for the comprehension of social and personal problems and the search for their solutions. "
The workshop will be at the Kalari Academy of Performing Arts, V.N. Plaza, Bazaar Street, off Brigade Road (opposite the rear entrance of Catholic Club) Dates: May 12th to May 16th. Time: 14:00 - 16:00, everyday. Fee: Rs. 1,500/-Participation is limited to sixteen people.
Contact number: 9880966313. Registration closes by the 10th.
--Logos Theatre In the beginning was the word No. 126, 3rd Main Road, Jayamahal Extension, Bangalore 560046 -- "

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