Workshops

Our Workshops

Our workshops are titled  "Breaking Patterns, Creating Change"
As human beings we often find ourselves trapped or frozen in modes of behavior and patterns of thought that impede real communication with our fellow human beings. Theatre of the Oppressed workshops will provide an opportunity to ‘unfreeze’, and to rehumanize ourselves.
The workshops will be fun, but also challenging. They will encourage participants to put their bodies to work, and through their bodies learn about themselves and the world around them. The goal is to create a sharper, greater sensitivity to our inner impulses and our motivations, to provide opportunities for self exploration, and through these, to generate possibilities for changing our world.
Millions of people around the world have found Theatre of the Oppressed to be inspiring, and useful. We recommend that you take off your teacher, student, boss, trainer, or whatever other ‘hat’ you normally wear, and  experience the workshops for yourself. Let the experience find its way into your work.  
No two workshops are ever the same. Even where we give a proposed list of games and exercises for the workshop, the facilitator is very likely to make alterations to the content or the sequence in response to what she sees as the needs of the group.

We offer a variety of workshops to suit varying needs of participants.

Objectives of the workshop

Our workshops have the following broad objective:
To give participants an experiential understanding of theatre-based pedagogic tools which 
can be used for:
  a) discovering the body’s potential for harnessing knowledge through non verbal  communication
  b) using this knowledge for gaining insights about ourselves, people and the world around us.
  c) developing critical thinking, and 
  d) furthering community dialogue on a range of social issues.

Components of the workshops

Our workshops have 4 broad components:

Warm-ups / Community building games and exercises.

These lay the foundation for the work. Games and exercises will be chosen from the vast body of work developed by Augusto Boal. These will be done in every session, and threaded through all the work. In most worshops, the educational ideology embedded in the games will be explained through references to Boal’s work.

Introduction to large structures

 
Images form the backbone of this work, and these will be introduced early in the workshop. Other larger structures, which also use images, will be introduced gradually. These include structures such as Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, Cop in the Head and Rainbow of Desire.The structures  build on each other, in cumulative fashion. Participants will learn how the structures were developed 
in response to events and experiences in Boal’s own theatrical practice, and how they reflect the pedagogic philosophy of Freire as interpreted by Boal.

Field practice

This is a part of the 6 day facilitator training. Keeping in mind the profile of the group, short workshops will be arranged with communities, which will allow participants to see some of the techniques at work. They may also get an opportunity to facilitate  some exercises.

Debriefing/facilitation issues

For benefits of the course to be realized fully, w
e encourage all our participants to take off their teacher, trainer, boss, parent, or whatever other 'hat' they may be used to wearing, and to experience the workshop for themselves. 
However, at CCDC we believe in giving participants in our workshops as full an understanding of the context, theory and philosophy of Boal's work as possible. This is done during the debriefing sessions, which follow almost all games and exercises. 
The time devoted to discussions and debriefing  will depend on the duration of the workshop. In addition to this, the six-day facilitator training includes a session every day to discuss facilitation issues. 

Our Financial Support Policy

CCDC believes in supporting all those genuinely committed to using to to benefit their communities. No one is turned away for their inability to pay for our workshops. For more information about our scholarships, please e mail: contact@ccdc.in