ERIC Number: EJ1106390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Folk Opera: Stories Crossing Borders in Papua New Guinea
Haseman, B.; Baldwin, A.; Linthwaite, H.
Research in Drama Education, v19 n1 p98-109 2014
The Life Drama project is a drama-based sexual health promotion project, developed by a cross-cultural research team in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the past four years. Recognising the limitations of established theatre-in-education and theatre-for-development approaches when working across cultures, the research team explored ways of tapping into the everyday performativity of PNG participants and their communities, to communicate more powerfully about the personal and social issues involved in sexual health. Through the folk opera form, developed by PNG theatre company "Raun Raun" Theatre around the time of national independence, the research explored the importance of "story" in identity formation, maintenance and change, the communication of meaning and the transmission of tacit local knowledges. In a highly diverse and rapidly changing country like PNG, enacted stories inherently compel the exchange and exploration of different knowledges, and promote the dialogue and ownership that drive social change. The paper describes the folk opera form as developed in the Life Drama programme and suggests that the form may be adapted to help promote other health and social justice issues in performative cultures.
Descriptors: Folk Culture, Opera, Foreign Countries, Social Change, Sexuality, Health Behavior, Health Promotion, Cross Cultural Studies, Theater Arts, Performance, Social Problems, Drama, Social Justice, Literary Devices, Indigenous Knowledge
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Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea