Diversity Dialogues

November 22, 2014  |  By  | 


www.conference2014.ccdc.in groups,someofwhomworkwithTheatreoftheOppressed,butmanywith othertoolsforsocial transformation.Allofusareengagedinthevitaltaskofimagininganother India,asocietywhere ourrelationshipsarefreefromoppressionandinjustice. Welcome RadhaRamaswamy OrganisingChairperson OnbehalfoftheCentreforCommunityDialogueandChange,Iamextreme ly happytowelcomeallofyoutoDiversityDialogues,ourNationalTheatre of theOppressedConference. ! AsimpledesiretomeetandlearnfromotherTOpractitionersinIndialed to theoriginalideaforthisConference.Thisidea-asameetingofT O practitioners-hasgrownoverthelasttwoyears,andoverma ny conversationsintothiswiderandbiggerconceptandeventthatyoua re participatingintoday-agatheringofcreativeandcommittedindividuals, Workofthiskindiswhatnourishesallofus.Theatreofthe Oppressedwasnevermeanttobejustasetoftoolsor techniques.Itismostmeaningfulwhenitisrootedin communitiesandtheirissues.ThereforeinthisConferenceyou willmeetwriters,theatreartists,activists,educators,doctors andmanyotherswhobelievethatchangeispossible.Aswe struggletoGightthedivisiveforcesthatimpededialogue,we needpeoplewhoshowushowtokeepaliveourdesirefora betterworld.Wearegratefultoallthosewhohaveresponded toourinvitationtotakepartinDiversityDialogues.The energyandjoyyoubringtoyourworkinspiresusall. AsmallgroupofusintheCCDCfamilyhavebeenmeetingthesepastfewmonthstoorganiseth is Conference.Meetingonceamonthtoplay,sometimesjusttalk,wenoticedt hatweweredrawnto thesemeetingsbyasenseofcommunity.ThegluewasTO;whatithasgive nus,whatwebelieved itcouldgiveothers.Soweasked:CanTOcreatelargercommunities?Thiss earchisattheheartof thisConference. ! Separatedbyregion,language,class,caste,andgender,howdoadiverseg roupofpeople,Ginda waytocreateahealthyandharmoniousenvironmentinwhichallofu scanliveandwork? Drawingonthemanyintellectual,political,andspiritualtraditionsavaila bletousinIndia,how canwemaketheideasofFreireandBoalworkforus,tocreatefreesp acesforconversations betweenindividualsandcommunities?Whatcouldbethesocial,culturala ndpoliticalpurposeof suchacomingtogether? ! Weinviteyoutowalkwithus,thesetwodays,aswelookforanswers.Pl ayTOgameswithus. ListentostoriesaboutTO.Experiencethechallengeofbeingaspect-actor,a ndinterruptscenesof injustice.Findouthowvoicesofdissentarebeingcrushed.Learnaboutthe challengesofworking withcommunities-urban,rural,tribal.Watcha‘parai’performancefromK ancheepuram.Takeon theseeminglyimpossibletaskoftransformingoureducationsystem. ! Wehopewords,images,peopleandideasfromtheseconversationswillco ntinuetospeaktoyou whenyougobacktoyourfamilies,yourneighbourhoods,yourschoolsandy ourcommunities. ! 'Tobeabletodreamisalreadyadreamcometrue!'(AugustoBoal) "Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” - Augusto Boal

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