Empowerment Training: Theatre for social change! (ENG)

11 May 2019

Using Theatre of the Oppressed, a method by Augusto Boal
By Maike Koolhaas and Jennifer van Exel

Time: 9.00 to 13.00 hrs.
Location: auditorium ArtEZ in Arnhem (Oude Kraan 26)
Register: please mail to c.demuijnck@artez.nl
Max. 40 participants (English spoken, only for ArtEZ-students, ArtEZ students of all departments can participate)

The goal of this theatre training is to enhance social inclusion and intercultural exchanges and to have a long lasting impact on participants, so that they can become the catalyst for social inclusion at the school. The training focuses on that lasting effect by using playful enactment of real life scenarios. The TO (|Theatre of the Oppressed) theatre method trains a social-inclusive mindset by enhancing the group’s reflection in a hands-on-manner. By enacting real life scenario’s, testing out alternatives for both group- and individual behaviour patterns and ways of expression, the group is engaged in a social learning process. The method engages all the senses. It connects individual as well as collective experiences of the subject matter. Because of those things, the method is well known to intervene on existing personal beliefs and the level of behaviour. Hence the longer-lasting effect on participants of such TO theatre workshops.

Maike Koolhaas – is a trainer and facilitator with a background in dramatherapy. She initiates and coordinates theatre projects as a director, facilitator and producer. She is skilled in working with the TO (Theatre of the Oppressed) theatre method, developed by Augusto Boal. Her current project is at the Hogeschool Utrecht, also concerning the enhancement of intercultural exchanges at the school. A project she recently finished was in partnership with the GGZ about mental health.
Maike on LinkedIn

Jennifer van Exel – is trained in making interactive experiences, as a performer, a faciltator and a concept developer. She is currently working as a communications advisor at Tappan, in The Hague. Where she develops concepts for communication strategies and coordinates the production of written tekst, video, and other media for clients mainly within the governmental sector. She is currently working on an exhibition for the Ministry of Health (VWS) about the history and framing of mental health policy.
Jennifer on LinkedIn

Time to Listen, Time to Voice up!

This spring, three sessions of empowerment trainings are being hosted together with the BEAR student platform School of Missing Men, and guest-curated by two of its members: Yuchen Li and Janna van Welsem.

As an artist it is important to make your voice heard. Yet, due to cultural differences and social structures, certain voices are more easily heard than others. How does an artist with a privileged position, or an artist who is less represented, get their points across while taking account of diverse perspectives? How do we gain confidence in listening, sharing, expressing and articulating in a multi-cultural environment? And how does an artist speak up in the face of institutional power? When is it their responsibility to voice out? When is it their responsibility to listen? How do artists find their agency to bring about change in actions of solidarity?

In times when artists are still continuously asked to brand themselves or to have an individual position within the field, we are reexamining this idea by analysing how we relate to each other, through having social awareness and self-reflexivity, active participation and involvement, accountability and encouragement for individual and collective actions.

We aim for these trainings to have long-lasting impact, through which an individual becomes a catalyst for social change in the school environment, as well as, in the work field and everyday life thereafter.

30th March – Assertive Communication Training (Dutch spoken)
13th April – Assertive Communication Training (English spoken)
11th May (TBC) – Theatre of the Oppressed Intervention Workshop (English spoken)