Training in service March 2012 - description

 

 

TRAINING-IN-SERVICE COURSE

ABOUT

The joker's role in Boal's method - a maieutic attitude to empower individuals and groups

Introduction

Theatre of the Oppressed and Freire's “conscientization” (raising awareness) are two useful tools for adult education used all over the world since longtime in formal and informal adult education (www.theatreoftheoppressed.org and http://www.paulofreire.org).

Giolli has more than 20 years of experience in these methods with several kinds of adults and youngsters groups and has contacts with several groups using the same methods.

Joker” is the main role in Boal's approach and he/she is similar to a Freirian educator in his skill to question people and raising consciousness.

So, we want to improve participants' skills in Joker's role because is a crucial element for a new pedagogical approach that empower people mainly marginalised ones.

This training-in-service course is the first step in this direction.

Contents of the training were defined asking partner organisations all over Europe, especially Divadno (Czeck Republic), Pa'tothom (Spain), GTO-PELE (Portugal), ATIC (France), Artemisszio (Hungary), Action Aid (UK), ApsArt (Serbia), Association of Drama Practitioners STOP-KLATKA (Poland), Fundatia Umanitara Rescue (Romania), Association Kàddu Yaraax (Senegal), VAT Theatre Forum Theatre Group (Estonia), HEMAYAT (Austria), La Xixa Teatre (Spain), Teater Phantastisk (Sweeden).

 

Preparation

1) At first we will publish on our website all detailed information about the course and all necessary forms and documents.
2) To those who would like to apply we will ask to send a first application form and a curriculum vitae in European format (where they will also have to point out their linguistic knowledge). We will need these information in order to carry on a potential selection aimed at creating a homogeneous group suitable for the aims of the course.
3) After the selection and the definitive registration, we will send to all participants information and schedules about the event and its logistic aspect.
With the registration form we will ask the participants to fill in both a question form about their needs and expectations,
and a questionnaire of self-assessment regarding one’s own skills, in order to make the event as similar as possible to their requests, especially those made by individuals with disabilities or with particular needs.
4)
Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list (in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese) will be suggested to participants to prepare themselves to the training.

5) Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation can be made also by multimedia devices. In this case, not only it will be used during the first meeting, but it will also be available on the web to the other participants so that they can have a preliminary knowledge of the group they are going to be part of.
6) To all participants will be accessible our website with material about the different aspects of the course (organizational, theoretical, articles from teachers and other collaborators...).
7) It is also possible to have a tutor on-line in specific hours and days for the preparation at the event. Participants will have the possibility to connect through Skype with their tutor in a predetermined schedule.

8) Participants are required to be able to lead groups using Boal's Forum-Theatre techniques, to have some experience in projects concerning adult education with marginalized groups, to speak English at intermediate level.

Objectives

1) The main goal is to reflect and deepen the knowledge and practice of Joker's role as a maieutic attitude to lead groups of adults; this objective will be curry out through several activities (classes, experience comparisons, laboratories, group works and discussions, performances…) which allow participants both to learn and to bring their experiences in this event; our principle of teaching is based on “learning by doing approach” and on “mutual teaching”.

The guiding principles to pursue this goal are being able to recognize, talk about and present:
- the methodological-theoretical principles of Boal's and Freire's methods

- the experiences in the field of adult education especially with marginalized groups i.e. prisoners, migrants, gypsies, drug addicts...

Participants will have the opportunity to acquire technical and practical knowledge through a methodology based on team work, discussions and elaboration using also a method called “action learning” (practical exercises and simulations).

2) The cooperation among the participants is itself a big goal to pursue since a transnational overview can supply an adequate answer in adult subjects with particular needs in terms of education.

3) We also want to strength the European collaboration among people practising adult education in different contexts but unified by these maieutic pedagogical approaches.

 

Methodology

The methodology used is Theatre of the Oppressed (Boal's method) based on the total involvement of all participants, also thanks to laboratory practice which will provide a group process concretely operable right away, created in order to promote the learning process, following a methodology called “Action Learning”. Participants will be active protagonists since they will live an educational experience centred on the experimentation of their own ability.

We also use Freire's approach that is a maieutic pedagogical way to create a common research instead of deposit ideas within students.


Self-education through multimedia devices, or learning from people of the same level are common and even more widespread than formal education.

During the whole course according to the different phases will be used:
- the same theatre techniques that they have to learn, by experiencing them directly on themselves, especially practising the Joker's role both leading colleagues and managing Forum play session.
- discussions about the workshop experience (on theory, method and related techniques)
- sharing and working out the emotions experienced during the workshop
- group work on project planning
- theoretical and methodological follow up of the course experience
- evaluation at the end of every day and final evaluation at the end of the course.
Due to the fact that participants are expert in the same methods, we'll ask them to lead part of the course itself, followed by teachers’ feedbacks.

A tutor will be available to support individuals in all needs they could have before, during and after the training concerning the course (organisation, contacts with trainers, accommodation...).


Outcomes
After the course participants are expected to:
- be able to play as Joker in different phase of a group process with Boal’s and Freire’s methods, with marginalised groups: warming up, searching the issue, building up a scene, leading the Forum play session, closing the session.

 

Participants

The training is open to every person working in adult education with Boal's and/or Freire's method: teachers, animators, educators, social workers, psychologists, volunteers, theatre practitioners, both operating in formal and informal education.

Particularly appreciated people with long experience in Theatre of the Oppressed and/or with marginalized groups.

 

Participants are required to have experienced at least once the Forum-Theatre technique because the training takes for grant this level.

Limits: maximum 1/3 of participants from Italy or every other single country.

Intermediate level of English is required.

Searching balance between male and female.

Admitted also some people who will to work in this field with those methods at maximum 1/5 of participants.

 

Evaluation

  • Daily we will ask comments about the program and the activities of the previous day

  • daily we'll ask participants to evaluate their own personal and professional growth

  • an evaluation and a satisfaction form will be given the last day concerning:

- group dynamics

- trainers' competence

- contents, method and techniques learned

- general organisation before and during the training

- accommodation

- general programme.

 

Follow-up

After the event.
- The methods shared and explored and the
bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.
- At the end of the event, participants will have the possibility to keep in touch with their teachers and with the other participants by a
mailing list already activated before the course itself starts. It will give them the opportunity to broaden the themes of this course and keep on learning, thanks to the inter-cultural exchange.

- further books and articles to deepen the issue and contacts with some other practitioners all over in Europe and in the world will be suggested by trainers.

- Participants will be asked to keep a diary of their experience during the course, and it could also be published on the web.

- Our website will host writings about theory and methodology (from teachers) and about experiences (from other people involved in the issue: participants, other experienced people, teachers, Giolli’s members...). A “forum” online will be open where participants could put their ideas and doubts. Trainers will launch problems, questions, reflections to the mailing list and the platform, from time to time.

 

- the chance to have further trainings at Giolli or some other similar group in Europe that we are in touch with (Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Neederlands, Portugal, Spain) will be given to participants.

- the chance to have supervised their own practice by trainers (directly or by video ) will be given.
- a support to start a
network of mutual help among participants will be given as well.

 

- About four months after the end of the course we will ask participants to write a report about the effects the course has had on their effectiveness and on their operating and territorial context, pointing out possible implementations.

They will be asked:

--- how they are using elements learned in the training

--- which kind of further reflections arose

--- how are they using materials produced, in order to stimulate a further training.

Also forms of self-assessment about their own interventions will be sent.

 

 

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:

 

ENGLISH:

Arrival day
Participants welcome and accommodation.
Welcome dinner.

1st day
“Training opening and introduction - Technical-practical laboratory”.
Trainer: Roberto Mazzini

Goals: knowing each other by a self-presentation of one's own work/institution/profession/context. Sharing expectations. Reaching organisation adjustments. Creating a group atmosphere able to prepare to further work together.

Methods: by video, practical exercises, discussion.

Contents: self presentations.

Questions: who are we?

 

2nd day
“Group building - Technical-practical laboratory”.
Trainers: Roberto Mazzini and every participant.
Goal: going on mutual knowledge, group building. Debating the Joker's role concept.

Methods: games and exercises, self-presentations. Discussion and Image-Theatre about the Joker's role.

Contents: Joker's role in Boal and doubt, criticism, variations.

Questions: who's the Joker? What he/she should do and not do? Why?

 

3rd day
“Rational Joker's and Antagonist's role – group work”
Trainers: Roberto Mazzini and every participant.

Goal: to explore the rational way to play as Joker and Antagonist: strategies, tactics, analysis spect-actors interventions. Defining the classical way to play as Joker and our own differences in practice and theory.

Methods: creating scenes and experimenting in dealing with Forum-Theatre.

Contents: Joker's analyse and management of interventions from the audience, under a rational approach. Antagonist's reactions.

Questions: if I use a rational approach how do I analyse interventions and how could I manage them? How an Antagonist could react following this approach?

 

4th day
“Emotional Joker's and Antagonist's role – group work”

Trainers: Roberto Mazzini and every participant.

Goal: to explore the emotional way to play as Joker and Antagonist: feeling emotions from spect-actors interventions. Defining the classical way to play as Joker/Antagonist and our own differences in practice and theory.

Methods: creating scenes and experimenting in dealing with Forum-Theatre.

Contents: Joker's analyse and management of interventions from the audience, under an emotional approach. Antagonist's reactions.

Questions: if I use an emotional approach how do I analyse interventions and how could I manage them? How an Antagonist could react following this approach?

 

5th day

Corporeal Joker's and Antagonist's role – group work”
Trainers: Roberto Mazzini and every participant.

Goal: to explore the corporeal way to play as Joker: space, gesture, rithm, voice... analysis spect-actors interventions. Defining the classical way to play as Joker and our own differences in practice and theory.

Goal: to plan a further exchange and research about the Joker's and Antagonists' role.

Methods: creating scenes and experimenting in dealing with Forum-Theatre.

Contents: Joker's analyse and manage of interventions from the audience, under a corporeal approach. Antagonist's reactions. Discussion.

Questions: if I use a corporeal approach how do I analyse interventions and how could I manage them? How an Antagonist could react following this approach?

How to involve other organisations and keeping this first sharing alive among us?

Departure day
Consignment of course material.
Departure.

 

 

Daily Schedule:
9.30-12.30 Training

12.30-15.30 Lunch and rest
15.30-18.30 Training

18.30-20.00 Informal time to socialize, relaxing...

After Dinner: informal socialisation or extra course event.

(every session will have breaks if required by participants; a translation also into Italian, French or Spanish is available at the moment whether some participants would need it).

 

Extra course event:

--- 2nd training day evening: meeting with Giolli's staff and Kwa Dunia association that operates in the field of intercultural education by using T.O. method and over, at school, with migrants, and so.

--- 4th training day evening: performance from Giolli's company about domestic violence against woman. Invitation to local institutions, no-profit organisation and journalists

 

 

TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:

Certificate of attendance including contents and time.

 

INFORMATION ON TRAINING

 

DATE OF START:

05/03/12

 

TIME OF START: 9.30

 

DATE OF END:

09/03/12

TIME OF END: 18.30

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline for registration:

10/12/10

FEE for cancellation: 200 €

 

 

 

NAME OF ORGANIZING INSTITUTION:

Giolli cooperativa sociale – Centro permanente di ricerca e sperimentazione teatrale dei metodi Boal e Freire

 

ADRESS

Via Chiesa 12

 

POSTCODE:

43022

 

TOWN / CITY:

Montechiarugolo PR

 

Nearest big city:

Parma or Bologna Distance: 9 km or 150 km

 

COUNTRY:

Italy

 

PHONE NUMBER AND FAX

++39 521-686385

 

MAIL

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WEBSITE

www.giollicoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

NAME OF HOST INSTITUTION:

Casa Laboratorio L'Asinara (of Associazione Kwa Dunia)

 

 

ADRESS

Via del Traglione 221

 

 

TOWN

Casaltone (province of Parma) – 9 Km from Parma

 

 

COUNTRY

ITALY

   
   

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS TRAINING:

dr. Roberto Mazzini

 

TEL NR:

+39-3471112207”

 

FAX NR:

+39-521-686385”

 

EMAIL:

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IDENTIFICATION OF THE TRAINER/S: NAME, PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION, ROLE DURING THE TRAINING:
Roberto Mazzini (psychoterapist - trainer)

Giovanni Badalotti (theatre technician - tutor)

 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ENVISAGED:

25

 

FEE IN € FOR ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS :

400

 

PARTICIPATION / COURSE FEE IN €:

450

 

TOTAL COURSE FEE PER PARTICIPANT IN €:

850

 

CANCELLATION FEE IN € (WHERE APPLICABLE):

200

 

CANCELLATION RULES:

--- Participants who give up to the training after 5-2-2012 will loose the deposit fee of 200 euro.

--- If the course is canceled by Giolli, all the deposit fees will be reimbursed.

Before this date the deposit will be reimbursed completely.


PROVISION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: XXXYes     No
DETAILS OF SPECIAL NEEDS PROVISION (IF PRESENT):
--- A questionnaire given before the course start will gather individual specific needs as diet, disabilities, religious needs, etc.

 

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THIS COURSE SESSION:

--- Participants could also come out of Grundtvig grant.