The forum theater play, the Stations was born from a 3-month- long creation process as part of an international, 2 –year-long project. The project addressed social isolation, starting from the participants’ personal experiences. The creative process reflected on different levels, aspects of social isolation such as the emotional circumstances of individuals and the existing social structures. Another key aspect was the development of new, satisfactory alternatives to deal with foreignness in a prejudicial and dismissive context.
The participants were migrants from different countries living in Budapest and locals from the city. Personal interviews were made before the drama workshops started and the process ended with a final presentation. The trainers were experts in drama, Forum Theater and intercultural communication.
• Improving personal skills and competences (self-esteem and communication)
• enhancing critical awareness and self-reflexivity
• making new social contacts and networks
• articulating migrant’s experiences and representing migrant identities
Recommended literature: Augusto Boal: Games For Actors and Non-Actors, 2002, Routledge (second edition).
Group building and Games for empathy and trust based on Boalian and theater pedagogy techniques
During these games the focus was placed on trust and confidence building, body perception and expression. These exercises aimed to improve motion and spontaneity which enabled the participants to have fun, come out of their shell, forget everyday concerns and develop an enhanced sense of their body and gestures.
The aim of these games is that the participants gradually develop an empathic understanding of the other’s’ fears, limits, rhythms, emotions, images, ideals, but furthermore an ability to relax, communicate and find a harmony with other people. Besides the development of social skills and the feeling of belonging to the group these games help to release creative energies in the participants in continuation of the first module.
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Living statues and improvisation- dramatic exploration of everyday experiences
The participants’ everyday experiences were staged in the form of images or in short scenes using the scenic methods of theatre pedagogy. Participants were encouraged to work on different issues connecting to their current life in Budapest, home country and the host country (Hungary) or presenting an intercultural encounter or conflict that they had experienced.
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Creation of the Forum Theater performance
Based on the second module, the key themes and problems encountered by immigrants on a day-to-day basis were processed into Forum Theatre scenes. The rehearsal work gave rise to an in-depth exploration and development of the characters involved and their behavior.
The base of the performance was an endless bus trip that connected the fragments, scenes that showed the homeland and host country, forms oppression and injustice. Some of the scenes worked also as Forum Theater scenes (it was possible to open them to discussion and play).
Here you can find some ideas and the story of the play.