Saturday, November 27, 2010

Interupting Injustice with Gender Shadow

The audience entered the Centre for Film & Drama to find actors in the lobby posed as statues labeled with tags like "Tom Boy", "Homosexual" and "Homemaker". A host was there directing people to 'sculpt' the labeled bodies, remixing the stereotype or physically juxtaposing various identities embodied by the actors.
Once the theatre filled the Jokers (Theatre of the Oppressed term for the character who plays the role of facilitating crowd participation in the performance) got the room roaring with voices playfully preparing to engage in this Forum Theatre show.
The play itself used shadow masks, plaster masks, movement and drama to portray issues ranging from childhood sexual abuse to unreal beauty standards manufactured in photoshop. All the scenes contatined unresolved conflicts and/or undesirable endings, with the content drawn from the actors lives.
After the 30 minute performance the Jokers announced the play would run again. In the second run of the show the audience was invited to interrupt scenes, replace characters, and explore other potential outcomes for the characters in peril. (see Barath Jayarajan making an intervension in the 3 photo sequence above)
Gender Shadow's first public Forum Theatre performance sparked meaningful dialogue and creative interventions. Read more about Gender Shadow in the Media:

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