"Theatre for dialogue": at the intersection of activism and therapy?

Author(s): Olha Velymchanytsia
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Theory of Communication
Published by: Національна академія керівних кадрів культури і мистецтв
Keywords: Theatre of the Oppressed; activism; therapy; active spectator; communication; disciplinary power; action; spectatorship event; dialogue; critical thinking;

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with a theatrical practice that became widespread during the events of Euromaidan – "Theatre for Dialogue". The studying of Augusto Boal’s "Theatre of the Oppressed" technique, which is the basis of "Theater for Dialogue", is primary in the analysis. "Theatre of the Oppressed" is not purely theatrical phenomenon – it lies at the inter-section of activism and social therapy. Being the reaction on the totalitarian regime in Brazil, "Theatre of the Oppressed" technique has become widespread all over the world, mainly in the areas with military and civil conflicts. So as soon as Ukrainian people faced severe social and political challenges, this theatrical technique reached our cities through its practitioners from different countries.

  • Issue Year: 1/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 127-131
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Ukrainian