Friday, August 26, 2011

Impulse 2 Act

How can we awaken the impulse to act in the face of injustice? 75+ students from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology joined me in this 4 day workshop. The students did an Incognito Impulse Study, which involved invisible theatre scenes in and around Bangalore, followed by interviews with bystanders. These videos are online at The worksop culminated in a performance / dance party.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Teaching with Purpose

It's been a while since I last worked with Ignis (see Drama Therapy and Social Work blogpost), so I was excited to get to facilitate this workshop about critical thinking and reconnecting with our purpose as educators. In addition to the core Ignis teachers and trainers, we were joined by some of their collaborators from Camp VOICE. See the Camp VOICE video bellow. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dalit Theatre for Critical Consciousness

These drums are covered with flower petals and 3 candles. I was invited to light the first of the 3 candles in the invocation ritual of a 2 day training I facilitated at Henry Martyn Institute, for Chindu, a Dalit Theatre company based in Hyderbad, Andra Pradesh, India. 

Dalit Consciousness and Cultural Empowerment took center stage as we defined and personified the core principles of Chindu's creative work with Dalit communities. Dalits are people of the under castes in India (AKA the untouchables). Through Rainbow of Desire and Cops in the Head activities we critically examined internalized oppression and reflected on the implications of integrating these techniques in Chindu's model of Dalit Theatre. 

To leverage community wisdom toward mobilization we created a forum theatre anti-model and deconstructed the process. Chindu has a rich tradition of producing playback theatre performances and films. See the youtube clip below from Chindu's film Mahadiga. 

It was an honor to work with Chindu and get more intimately acquainted with the model of Dalit Theatre they are developing. Thank you for warm hospitality, critical questioning and deep commitment to working not only for the Dalit communities you come from, but for all Dalit communities.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Open Stage - Preview

Here I am in Bangalore, India, speaking to students at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, about the my upcoming project Open Stage. I couldn't image a more engaged audience of this size.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Back to the Future of Leaning

Arzu and I lead a learning group at the Future of Learning Institute, put on by Project Zero of Harvard Graduate School of Education. We were mapping the unknown territory at the intersections of technology, neuroscience and globalization. See the Throughline questions pictured here.

The members of the learning group came from a variety of different professional backgrounds (teachers, administrators, educational business people, etc.) and from different countries (including Mexico, India, Korea, Brazil, Germany and the US). All with the common purpose of envisioning the future of learning.

We used a range of creative and reflective methods in our group process. Above the group is engaging in  a Chalk Talk about the key ideas of the institute. Below the group is personifying some of the hot topics from the Chalk Talk through DJing Images, in preparation for a Concept Mapping.

Below Arzu is in active dialogue with participants in the process of Concept mapping.

The 4-day institute concluded with a live Twitter Fountain display of participant reflections. All the institute Tweets can be found on Twitter with the hashtag