Training in service December 2012 - description

 

 

 

TRAINING-IN-SERVICE COURSE

ABOUT

Legislative Theatre: using performance to promote political participation

Introduction

In European space, citizens are reinventing new forms of political participation, both at local and national level. At the same time, there is a growing gap between citizens and political institutions, that manifests in mistrust, negative representations, and indifference. This phenomenon has multiple causes, but some of them can be found in the feeling that participation will not change political choices, that politics is a monopoly of professional politicians, that requires a specialized language and technique that is not accessible to the majority of people. Theatre of the Oppressed, because it involves many dimensions of communication, because it brings discussion and rehearsal from people’s stories and concrete situations, because it uses the language of the senses, because it democratizes the right to expression, is a powerful mean to democratize politics and engage European citizens in the discussion of what affects them and how to change it (www.theatreoftheoppressed.org).

José Soeiro has been developing Theatre of the Oppressed, and specifically Legislative Theatre, as a means of getting people involved in the discussion and in the proposition of concrete solutions for social problems. With experience working in schools, communities, activist groups and social movements, both in national and European level, he has been the responsible for the first Legislative Theatre project that had a direct link with Portuguese Parliament (through his mandate as an elected member of Parliament) and was performed in the Assembly, giving origin to some law proposals about students problems, built from Forum-Theatre sessions that gathered more than one thousand students in more than 30 schools.

In our opinion, this proposal can fit the need of empower our activity in promoting theatre for citizenship and active participation.

 

 

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 li
nguistic knowledge). We need this information in order to carry on a potential selection aimed at creating a group suitable for the objectives of the course.
3) After the selection and the definitive registration, we will send to all participants information and schedule about the event and its logistic aspects.
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 (mainly 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, their activist involvement 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) On our website will be available a space (forum, chat or else) to let participants exchange information among themselves.

8) At the beginning of the course a brochure with didactic materials will be distributed to participants.

Objectives

1) The main goal is to reflect and deepen the knowledge and practice of Theatre of the Oppressed for promoting political involvement and citizen engagement. This objective will be curry out through several activities (experience comparisons, laboratories, group works and discussions, classes, 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, community-based activism and political participation, both at the level of social movements and institutions.

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. We will encourage that different experiences of political participation using Theatre of the Oppressed and other active methods will be shared.

3) We also want to strength the European collaboration among people practising Theatre of the Oppressed with the aim of promoting political participation.

 

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.

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.
- discussions about the workshop experience (on theory, method and related techniques)
- sharing and working out the emotions experienced during the workshop.

- sharing of concrete examples of projects and experiences of Theatre of the Oppressed and Legislative Theatre, its results and process.
- 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.

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 apply the workshop outcomes in his/her specific field to promote political participation and citizenship and to democratize it.

 

Participants

The training is open to every person working or willing to work in political activism, community development and social education: activists of social movements, political representatives, members of non-governmental associations, teachers, animators, educators, social workers, volunteers, theatre practitioners, both operating in formal and informal education.

Participants are required:

- to have some experience in using Boal's techniques in projects concerning the promotion of political participation, at any level (school, community, associations, social movements…), or some action related with using arts to promote political participation.

- to have a knowledge at intermediate level of English or French or Portuguese or Italian or Spanish.

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

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

 

Criteria for selection if necessary:

- particularly appreciated people with long experience in political activism and/or Theatre of the Oppressed.

- balance among countries (we prefer to have as many country as possible)

- balance between men and women

- good English speakers will be preferred

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 about satisfaction 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.

 

- 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...).

 

- 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.

 

Dissemination: we foresee a moment open to public where to debate the Legislative Theatre idea with invited people: politicians, lawyers, active citizenship associations' members, etc. Moreover a newsletter about this training and its results will be sent both in Italy and to European contacts we have.

 

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 and some participants

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?

(PS: every starting of a session there will be one presentation lasting 10', and every eveneing after dinner there will be more presentations lasting 60'.)

 

  • 2nd day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: José Soeiro.

Goals: to introduce participant in the main topics that will be addressed

Methods: Introduction to Workshop, Warm-ups /Community Building, The Game of Power. Games about Social Role and Social Status. Image Theatre about theatre, politics and activism. What is law?

Contents: Definitions (Oppression, Power, Politics, Space, Agents, Law etc.), and discussion about the importance of these concepts to think about political participation

Questions: What is power? What is politics? What is Law?

 

  • 3rd day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: José Soeiro and Roberto Mazzini

Goals: to collect stories about the problems faced by participants.

Methods: Check-in, Warm-ups / Community Building, More Image Theatre Work, Identifying oppressions and their political dimension, sharing stories. Image Closure.

Contents: external/internal oppression, stories of oppression and their political and systemic dimension.

Questions: What is oppression? What is the link between society and individual? How to identify the presence of rules and laws in our daily problems?

In the afternoon we will have a rest time for practical things or rest or visit to Parma or else.

 

  • 4th day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: José Soeiro and Roberto Mazzini.

Goals: Building pieces of Forum-Theatre from stories of participants. Identifying the legislative dimension.

Methods: Check-in, Warm-ups / Community Building, Forum anti-model, Image Theatre, Sound and Movement. Regime of Truth: from interaction to Law. Closure.

Contents: Building Forum Theatre Plays and finding the Legislative Dimension.

Questions: How to transform a political problem in a Forum-Theatre play and a Legislative-Theatre project?

 

  • 5th day

Training - Technical-practical laboratory”.

Trainer: José Soeiro.

Goals: Legislative-Theatre as a campaign. Process and outputs, future perspective.

Methods: Sharing of the difficulties implementing Legislative-Theatre Projects. Concrete examples form Portuguese practice and experience. What are the dimensions of a campaign? Sketching a Legislative-Theatre project from the Forum-Theatre plays. Different active techniques of evaluation and preparing the future.

Contents: Legislative-Theatre as a campaign involving theatre, political alliances, technical expertise, concrete social actions. Evaluation.

Questions: What to have in mind when developing a Legislative-Theatre Project? How to apply that in the future?

 

  • Departure day

Consignment of course material.

Departure.

 

This schedule could be changed following the group reactions, desires, interests, in agreement with participants. Our method implies to be more connected with the group dynamics than with the programmed activities, in order to be more effective with the real human process.

 

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: 60' of personal/group presentation, then 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 will be chosen in agreement with participants among:

--- meeting with Giolli's staff, association, social movements and political responsibles that operates in the field.

--- performance of Theatre of the Oppressed. Invitation to local institutions, no-profit organisation and journalists.

--- documentaries, films and debates about relevant issues concerning citizenship, political participation and theatre.

--- free time to visit the town of Parma or surroundings.

--- other participants' proposals.

 

TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:

Certificate of attendance including description of training, contents and time input.

 

INFORMATION ON TRAINING

 

DATE OF START:

04/12/12

 

TIME OF START: 09.30

 

DATE OF END:

08/12/12

TIME OF END: 18:30

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline for registration:

30/04/12

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 Distance: 9 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:
José Soeiro (social activist - trainer)

Roberto Mazzini (psychotherapist – trainer)

Massimiliano Anzivino (psychologist - tutor)

 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ENVISAGED:

25

 

FEE IN € FOR ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS :

250 (in Casaltone only)

 

PARTICIPATION / COURSE FEE IN €:

500

 

TOTAL COURSE FEE PER PARTICIPANT IN €:

800

 

CANCELLATION FEE IN € (WHERE APPLICABLE):

200

 

SPECIAL REMARKS:
A questionnaire given before the course start will gather
individual specific needs as diet, disabilities, religious needs, babies presence, etc.

 

 

CANCELLATION RULES

After approval from LLP National Agency we'll ask participants to confirm their participation by sending 200,00 Euro as deposit sum. If the course would be cancel by Giolli the entire sum will be given back, in opposite case Giolli will keep the deposit. By 28 days from the beginning of the course this fee will be returned if asked.