Sunday, July 19, 2009

Student Reflections from Puppet Workshop

Video by Kritika Hora

In reflecting on the process Jonathon Wilson wrote:
"This project showed that one strong person could stand up and change the life of that one person"
and went on to write that the
"expression of teasing that causes humiliation or embarrassment should be stopped at the same time saying that we have the ability to control the outcome."
The above image is a reflection by Jai.

In her reflective poem Malvika Tewari wrote:
We were engaged in arguments between
the girls vs. boys perspectives of the issues addressed,
Like “are boys really harassed in India?”
And “does it matter how a girl is dressed?”

The above image is a reflection by Kanika Kaul.
The above image is a reflection by Rayika Sen.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Giant Puppet Worshop @ Srishti

The students created a giant puppet with many hands used for groping, eve teasing (adam teasing), and sexual harassment.
Cooperation was key in meeting the 3 day deadline.
It came together just in time.
Special guest puppeteers come through with a puppet that pukes up a foundie.Feel the aggression.
What a show it was! Thank you to all the students in the mural and toy group who helped make the show a well rounded success.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Gender Violence Workshop

Participants of this Rainbow Inc workshop in Hyderabad, India dramatically explored gender roles and shared personal experiences related to gender violence, eve teasing and sexual harassment. We used forum theatre to try out interventions that can be used in common situations of sexual harassment and eve teasing. The workshop was power because of the deep commitment and openness of the participants. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop with this group. More photos

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Drama @ Vidyaranya High School

On Thursday July 2nd I facilitated a workshop at Vidyaranya High School in Hyderabad for the 25 of the 8th grade students there. The lively group projected their voices with full force while simultaneously enacting a scene between the president and a terrorist.
I was impressed with the progressive philosophy and practices of the school as well as the beautifully natural school grounds that stood in contrast the bustling city around it. The school was heavily influenced by the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Participatory Theatre Performance in Auroville

Interactive Theatre for Social Change in Auroville
Workshop: June 28th, Sunday 9.30 AM in Sawchu, Bharat Nivas
Performance: June 29th, Monday 7.30 PM Visitors Center
In this workshop participants developed original theatrical pieces portraying social problems in Auroville. These pieces were then performed publicly, in a Forum Theatre style, as a catalyst for transformation and change.
I was interviewed by the Auroville Radio after the show. You can hear it streaming online.