(Our) work matters: An Exploration through Theatre of the Oppressed

(Our) work matters: An Exploration through Theatre of the Oppressed

‘it is important that we have a knowing in our bodies that our work matters in terms of  fostering sustainability. Fostering sustainability and solidarity is critical when the unjust conditions of peoples life do not improve and we can feel like we are shovelling water’. (Vikki Reynolds paraphrased 2017).

This workshop uses a collective approach to engage in an embodied conversation about our work; our ethical stance, how we continue challenges practices (that we might unintentionally comply with that create barriers for our selves and others), how we can foster sustainability and solidarity.

The workshop will ask us to reflect on how we ‘together’ can sustain ourselves in our work, what are the knowledge’s we draw on (that might diminish harm and sustain us). Embodied work for some is stepping into discomfort zones, yet it allows us to start with a non-rational, cognitive approach to suspend the discourses / conversations that we are accustomed too. We do this ‘uncomfortable work’ so as to continue to create justice, dignity and rights in our work as ‘imperfect allies’.

The methods used in this workshop draw on the techniques of Augusto Boal’s work; Theatre of the Oppressed. This work is deeply informed by Popular Educationalist Paulo Freire. Contemporary contexts like Educationalist such as Kumashiro work, Dale Spade and other Queer theorist also influence this work. In particular, Vikk Reynolds work on work on ethical stance, and the principles of collective solidarity are a part of the invitation to think together.