Augusto Boal – Participatory

For the Final Project for Integrated Studio 2, I wanted to create a piece that will be participatory with my audience. As a consequence, I looked for artists that created Participatory Art. I found fascinating a Brazilian director, dramaturge, theorist, and professor called Augusto Boal. He created a new way of understanding theatre. Boal created “Theatre of the Oppressed,” which consisted of inciting oppressed individual to fight against oppression on the stage. Boal was interested in breaking the monopoly of discourse. He wanted to give everyone a voice in his pieces. Boal was responding to a political necessity in the times of dictatorship in Brazil. He created:

  • Simultaneous Dramaturg: consisted of introducing an issue to the stage, stopping the play, and then asking the audience what should be done.
  • Theatre Forum: served as a space for debate.
  • Spectator Actor: invited the spectators to the stage.
  • Theatre Image: was one in which the participants of the play said their opinion of a through their body language.

The techniques he invented are still used nowadays all around the world.

Link to the biography of Augusto Boal: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Augusto-Boal

https://oglobo.globo.com/cultura/livros/augusto-boal-no-exilio-19437024

Image theater

https://www.thedailystar.net/news/augusto-boal-turning-spectators-into-spect-actors

I am an international student from Venezuela that desires to communicate with the world around me visually. I hope that I can become a part of the global conversation where I can tell stories that are untold. With a background in business and languages, I have experienced how different fields will always connect at some points, and I aspire to reinforce that connection in my work. I believe that there is not one pure aesthetic, and therefore I have chosen to collaborate and learn from those around me to every day grow as an artist.

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