sensory-shaped transformative theatre workshop


sensory-shaped transformative theatre workshop
with deidré denise matthee and radu ionescu, bird-shaped heart theatre
organized by Centrul de Resurse pentru Comunitate –

workshop language: english (with romanian translation)
register here:
contact: or 0723 175 457

early bird, registration until july 25: 130 lei // 100 lei discounted price*
registration 26-31 july: 150 lei // 120 lei discounted price*
*discounted price for students and members of NGOs

august 1 – 18:00-21:00
august 2 – 12:00-19:00
august 3 – 12:00-19:00

Sensory-Shaped Transformative Theatre (STT) is a new instrument for personal and social change, and a revitalizing strategy for community-building. Furthermore, STT crucially asserts and recognizes the body as site for memory, imagination and power. Rooted in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and Iwan Brioc’s Sensory Labyrinth Theatre (SLT), it is a participatory theatre process that takes a group of people through a journey of transformation, moving from their biggest fears to their wildest dreams and desires. Drawing on Boal’s method, in particular Image Theatre and Rainbow of Desire, participants’ fears and desires are explored, and the characters that these represent are given shape and voice. A sensory experience is created by and for the participants, based on their evolution from what they least want to be to what they most want to be.

Deidré Denise Matthee is a South African creative facilitator, performer, storyteller and psychologist. Particularly enthused by the emancipatory and transformative potential of performance, she has extensively applied TO in her work in the field of community arts, both in South Africa and in Portugal Her current and on-going interest is in immersive and site-specific approaches, inspired by her participation in the Context-oriented and Sensory Labyrinth theatre projects of The Republic of the Imagination. She is the founder of GATA (Group for Activism and Transformation through Art) and a founding member of bird-shaped heart theatre.

Radu Ionescu is a Romanian Theatre of the Oppressed joker, practitioner of Sensory Labyrinth Theatre, and founding member of bird-shaped heart theatre. He has practiced TO in Romania and Argentina, and is currently training in TO with Barbara Santos at Kuringa Berlin. He has participated in and helped create SLT performances in Serbia, Romania, Argentina, Portugal, Wales and Italy. As part of The Republic of the Imagination, he is now working on the production The Conference of the Birds, which uses different modes of theatre – classical, participative and SLT – to engage different kinds of consciousness.

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