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ACTING FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS - Theatre to Change the World

ACTING FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS - Theatre to Change the World

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Date Added: Saturday 23 March, 2013

by LV Volk

Acting for Indigenous Rights is a step-by-step manual that teaches professors and students how to respond to human rights abuses through more than just words on paper. Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of pedagogy lets students embody the problems they study, rather than just intellectualize them. Students act out violations of human rights, and then perform in real time, with each other and the "spect-actors" in the audience, various solutions. Once acted out, solutions are much easier to realize in reality -- hence the subtitle: theatre to change the world.

The book is aimed at a general audience, i.e. you do not have to have prior acting experience to be able to teach or use it. Chapter 3 gives a precise introduction into the techniques of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed along with exercises that are easy to follow. The book then presents four plays that students can stage in class as a preparation for writing and performing their own. In the end, students become playwrights, actors, spect-actors, and commentators. Most importantly, they get out of their seats and take action, something that does not happen often enough in college classrooms.

LV Volk, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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