Theatre of the Oppressed: Image Theatre
To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing, and then use the resulting “tableau” combined as a source of critical reflection, and then invite participants to make changes to make the image different (e.g. if it is an oppressive situation, how can we make small modifications to make it more liberating?)
Creative expression, multiple perspectives, collaboration, critical discussion/reflection and imagining a different way of viewing and doing things.
Image theater or Tableau can be done with “frozen” images or with “repeated actions”. Let students know which you’re asking them to do. You may try it first with a simple prompt that’s easy to embody/dramatize, to practice, and then move onto more complex concepts.
This can be a really quick 10-15 minute activity or can take up longer, depending on the topic, theme, and how the dialogue goes.
Any video conferencing tool that allows cameras on/off (even better if it is allows you to hide non-video participants).
For opportunities to attend workshops on these activities, see Theresa Ronquillo’s Embody Change: https://www.embody-change.com/
Augusto Boal’s book: Games for Actors and Non-Actors
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