Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop: East Village Stories

Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event scheduled for Sunday May 22 has been postponed; new date TBD.

East Village Stories: Part II

A Theatre of the Oppressed Ongoing Workshop and Community Breakout Session

La MaMa is exploring how audiences and artists of the next generation interact and engage with art in its community. To understand what a creative community space could look like, La MaMa invites community leaders and artists to East Village Stories: PART II, a creative workshop facilitated by Theater of the Oppressed and in collaboration with Fourth Arts Block.
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All East Village/LES community members welcome, ages 10-100. No theater experience necessary.

This is the second community forum in an ongoing dialogue with the diverse residents, artists, and activists fighting for their right to live, work, and create in The East Village and Lower East Side. You are a part of this tradition! Tell your East Village story! Let's continue the conversation.

More about East Village Stories

Theatre of the Oppressed is an interactive, physical and playful tool inspired by Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire's work used to investigate situations in which we are denied our basic rights, personally and collectively. Through games and scenes, participants will uncover, imagine, and rehearse the many possible alternatives to real-life challenges. 

As New York City arts organizations are losing space in a city with an ever-expanding real estate market, La MaMa is hoping to move against the current. To understand what a creative community space could look like, La MaMa invites community leaders and artists to East Village Stories, a creative workshop facilitated by Theatre of the Oppressed. Inspired by Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire's work, workshop activities will involve interactive, physical, and playful exercises that will help us articulate our collective and individualized needs as a community. In this collaborative environment, we will voice our immediate and day to day challenges to find how we can use art as a way to dialogue, dissent, and collectively challenge the societal patterns that infringe the essence of who we are and the resources integral to our community, across generations.

Previous East Village Stories Events

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2pm

(Free Admission)

The Downstairs at 66 East 4th Street

About Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is an interactive, physical and playful tool used to investigate situations in which we are denied our basic rights, personally and collectively. Participants use theatrical debate, through games and scenes, to uncover the many possible alternatives to real-life challenges. This workshop provides an introduction to the games, exercises and improvisations that make up the core tools of Theatre of the Oppressed, inspired by Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire’s work. By imagining and rehearsing solutions together onstage, we prepare ourselves to take action offstage. Theatre of the Oppressed NYC works with local communities including the homeless, immigrants, court-involved youth, LGBTQ youth and HIV+ New Yorkers to establish “popular theatre troupes” all over New York City. These ensembles create and tour original, interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles, in order to engage peers in theatrical problem-solving and incite transformative action.

www.tonyc.nyc