Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rana Plaza Rising: Transforming Trauma & Enacting Resilience

Ever since Rana Plaza collapsed killing over a thousand garment workers and injuring another 3000 people, Unite Theatre for Social Action (UTSA) has been using Psychodrama and Playback Theatre with survivors to promote Psychosocial wellbeing (see the Al-Jezeera piece about their work). As a continuation of their work UTSA organized this 2 day experiential workshop for survivors of the Rana Plaza Tragedy at YMCA Training Centre, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Drawing from the strengths based approach that UTSA embodies, participants were invited to engage in creative approaches to further develop their goals, emotional regulation, and self soothing capacity. Through collaborative and trust building activities we cultivated a supportive and open environment in the group that made it possible to share and honor personal stories of the unseen impacts of the Savar Tragedy. With the knowledge that these painful stories are common experiences, participants wove their collective truths into powerful performance pieces in celebration of their humanity and resilience in the face of adversity.

To gain more insight into the Savar Community members lives a year after the tragedy, I suggest checking out Tears in the Fabric.

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