Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RIP: Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal died this past Saturday at the age of 78 of leukemia. In his life he gave birth to Theater of the Oppressed and The Rainbow of Desire. Boal’s work has been foundational for me as an artist. I was fortunate enough to train with him for a week when I was 20 years old. I regularly use Boal methods in my practice as do thousands of practitioners around the world. His work lives on though us, and his spirit is present in all dramatic acts of human liberation.

"Sometimes the situation is not socially very clear, very concrete and [yet is] very stereotyped, very ritualized. And it is also the question of feeling, the question of emotion—it is very difficult to say who is oppressing who, because the other one can be oppressed too. So that’s why those techniques were developed in which you don’t really try to find the oppressor or the oppressed, but you try to understand the situation between one person and another." Augusto Boal from an Interview

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