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ERIC Number: EJ915239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Rehearsals for Revolution? Theatre of the Oppressed, Dominant Discourses, and Democratic Tensions
Snyder-Young, Dani
Research in Drama Education, v16 n1 p29-45 Feb 2011
Theatre of the Oppressed was conceived by Brazilian theatre director and theorist Augusto Boal as a "rehearsal for revolution"; it hinges on participants' power to select material for inquiry and frame, shape, script, and perform stories of problems/oppressions in their own lives and communities. In a 12-week-long study I co-facilitated in the drama classroom of an urban charter school in the Autumn of 2007, six girls and two boys framed problems from their lives and communities, scripted and staged anti-model scenes, and performed a wide range of Forum interventions. As a facilitator, I struggled with the tension between my own desire to intervene in discourses in embedded assumptions I found problematic and my fears that by doing so, I would be colonising the workshop with my own privileged agenda. This article is about that struggle, and about the problem that "popular" positions and ideas are not necessarily "progressive", and while Theatre of the Oppressed is usually utilised in support of politically progressive agendas, the work participants initiate and the choices they make do not automatically orient towards social justice. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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