Ariadne – Art for adaptation
The Forum Theater part
In this presentation you can get more information about a part of a specific project, Ariadne, Art and intercultural adaptation. In each partner country other artistic activities were realized with the same aim: to help groups of migrants to feel more home in the host country. At the end of the creative process (described below) a stunning performance took place when the audience got to know life stories of the participants, it was very touchy.I think this method can be very effective with other marginalized groups to share with the majority their everyday life experiences and struggles.
The project aimed to help the adaptation, integration of migrant people to their local context by 7 partner organization in 5 countries. The tools were artistic methods, but each partner had its own choice. In Budapest the process was supported by the tool of drama, especially the methodology of the Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre. The pedagogical aim was improving personal skills and competences, enhancing critical awareness and self-reflexivity, making new social contacts and networks, articulating migrant’s experiences and representing migrant identities
Project framework and duration
LLP Grundtvig project 01.01.2011. – 31.12.2012.
Link to the website of the project
Elan Interculturel, France
Artemisszió Foundation (Hungary), Momentum arts (UK), UCM Resarch Group
Art applications for Social Integration: art, therapy and inclusion (Spain), Osmosis (Greece), TAN dance (UK), University of Peloponnese – Departament of Theatre Studies (Greece)
Mixed group (in this case was migrants and locals, but it might works with minority – majority mix as well)
In order to facilitate social inclusion of participants, the drama/theatre program was designed to achieve objectives in four different but interconnected fields.
I. Improving personal skills and competences:
Different forms of drama games and theatrical exercises facilitate the expansion of psycho-social abilities, improve personal skills and competences
II. Enhancing critical awareness and self-reflexivity
III. Making new social contacts and networks:
First of all the program was designed to contribute to a group and community building process as a basis for cultural expression and identity development. The joy of playing and acting during the drama workshops, and the common goal to create and present a theater performance for a wider public could serve this purpose.
IV. Articulating migrant’s experiences and representing migrant identities
The whole structure of the program and each activity of the theater process (both drama activities and final forum theater performances) were inspired by these objectives.
The project addressed social isolation, starting from the participants’ personal experience. Criteria deemed important for our understanding of these phenomena included both the emotional circumstances of individuals and existing social structures. Another key aspect was the development of new, satisfactory alternatives to deal with foreignness in a prejudicial and dismissive context. The process was divided in 2 main phases:
1, In the preparatory phase following recruitment, semi-structured interviews were held with all participants.
2. Drama and theater work was a complex process, divided in different stages of activities. Presenting a performance for a wider public at the end of the process was the common goal of the group. This performance was created in a 12-occasion (36 hours) series of drama workshops and theatrical rehearsals. In this process three different forms of drama-work followed each other: drama-workshops, theatrical rehearsals, forum theatre performance.