En Août, 5 françaises sont parties en Espagne, dans le village de Munebraga, pour participer à l'échange de jeunes européen.ne.s "Eco-theatre of the oppressed" organisé par La Zarandilla, et dont Via Brachy était partenaire.
Pendant une semaine, les participantes ont découvert les techniques du Théâtre de l'opprimé en tant qu'outil pour aborder des questions environnementales.
Pour avoir un aperçu de cet échange, quoi de mieux que le retour des participantes ? Retrouvez leurs témoignages (en anglais) ci-dessous.
In August, 5 French women went to Spain, in the village of Munebraga, to participate in the european youth exchange "Eco-theatre of the oppressed" organised by La Zarandilla, and in which Via Brachy was a partner.
During one week, the participants discovered the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool to address environmental issues.
What better way to get an insight into this exchange than to hear the participants' feedback? Read their testimonies below.
"For me, this experience is a real human project, so we can understand each other, each culture, each way of living... At the same time we can create and produce a concrete project together. In this YE, what impressed me is the capacity of cooperation of this group to build a theatre show in a short time. Without competition, just working together, it is a really interesting experience ! So i learnt a lot about the theatre of the oppressed, and also about human relationships and i enjoyed it !"
"It was my first youth exchange and it was an amazing experience. I learned about Theater of the oppressed and how it can be a great tool to talk about environmental and social issues. The most valuable thing for me was to work in this international/intercultural group and to be able to create a quality show al together in a few day. We had some nice workshops about music, theater and body expression and then we worked in teams, using what we had learned and the talents of each other in order to create something together. In terms of cultural exchange I like how we have been integrated into the life of the village of munebraga by being able to show our work to the inhabitants and spend some nice time with them. The association in charge took time to listen to our comments all along and applied them from one day to another. Learning the basics of Theater of the oppressed made me want to learn more about it and to include this vision in my future projets. Also, the diversity of the activities allowed me to discover new theatrical material to use. I really value what I have learned during this week and the relationships I have created with the other participants. It makes me want to get involved a lot more in this kind of exchange !"
"In this youth exchange I really liked living in a collective for a week, and the intercultural exchange between young people. I liked to know more about diferent countries. I learnt new tools to use for future workshops and I was very impressed to see how we managed to create a theater show in a few days, it was also a good way to get to know the other participants."
"When I arrived on the first day, we were very well received, the whole team was very welcoming and I will always remember this first improvised concert evening with all the participants, some people playing guitar, others harmonica, it was a very good way to break the ice. Like that first evening, everyday in the morning, we could organise our own energizers, in this exchange the organisers were very attentive. This is what impressed me, the reactivity of the organisers, after our feedback, to find solutions to respond to our different needs.
I had already heard about non-violent communication and practised it to a greater or lesser extent, but I think I really understood how it works and how useful it is during this exchange. When we only have two days to build a show, it is very easy to get carried away and to mainly focus on the goal (the show) and forget about paying attention to the people around you. But with non-violent communication it is easier to make your opinions heard without hurting anyone and to create together.
During this exchange I liked everything, the programme, the content, the organisation, the organisers and the participants but discovering a new theatre technique really gave me the desire to explore more deeply Theatre of the oppressed in France and in future shows or projects. So for future participants who will go to Munébrega, go for it, you will have a great week and learn a lot."
"What impressed me was that we managed to create and present a theater show, with a very short time to prepare it, and the result was quite good ! What touched me was the local community of Munebraga and the very interesting exchanges I had with the audience after they saw our show. What caught my attention is the diversity of the technics of theatre the oppressed, it gave me the motivation to go deeper into this topic !"