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The Freedom Theatre International Theatre Workshop

The Freedom Theatre International Theatre Workshop

In April 2017, The Freedom Theatre invites international theatre activists: professional artists, theatre students and teachers, to a seven-day workshop that will offer training of actors of resistance, preparing their bodies, minds and spirits for such work, presenting the practice and theory of the work and pedagogy of The Freedom Theatre. The sessions will include work on one’s personal story, based on the idea that we need to be able to tell our own story to tell others’ stories. This work is through the body and space, starting from personal experiences. Participants should be ready to move their bodies, emotions and memories.
Micaela Miranda and Nabil Al-Raee from The Freedom Theatre will lead the workshop. They will share their work and pedagogy developed within the framework of Cultural Resistance, making use of personal transformation as a political tool for social change.
In addition to gaining knowledge about the work and mission of The Freedom Theatre, this workshop will also give opportunities to try out some of the techniques developed by Micaela and Nabil in collecting stories and transposing them as part of The Freedom Theatre’s cultural resistance work.

Lectures that will accompany the workshop:
1. The work of The Freedom Theatre
2. Artistic Responsibility
3. Pedagogies of Resistance in Performance Teaching

Throughout the week, writing and devising will be fundamental elements to prepare for a final presentation.

DATES & TIMES
April 2-8, 2017
9:30–17:00 each day

LOCATION
The Freedom Theatre, School Street, Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine.

COST
$600 for non-Palestinians, including shared accommodation in Cinema Jenin Guesthouse in Jenin city or with families, and lunch on workshop days.
$500 excluding accommodation.
1200 ILS for Palestinians, including lunch on workshop days.
The participation fee should be made to The Freedom Theatre as a donation through PayPal or bank transfer. Details here. US citizens, please note that the MECA option is not available.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM
The training will take place from 9:30 to 17:00. Morning starts with warm-up and bodywork technique, moving into improvisation and devising work.
Throughout the training there will be discussion sessions as well as lectures about the work of The Freedom Theatre, Artistic Responsibility and Pedagogy of Resistance in performance teaching.
On April 4, workshop participants are invited to engage in an event at The Freedom Theatre, which is a celebration of cultural resistance and the legacy of our co-founder Juliano Mer Khamis. There will be performances, film screenings, discussions and the graduation of the 2014-2017 class of the Theatre School.
By the end of the workshop, there will be a presentation of the work to a selected audience.

INSTRUCTORS
Nabil Al-Raee, artistic director of The Freedom Theatre since 2012, has directed and written most of the theatre’s productions. Together with Juliano Mer Khamis and Micaela Miranda, he has created the pedagogical philosophy for training actors of resistance at The Freedom Theatre School since it was opened in 2008. Nabil’s work requires a deep reflection on the different dimensions of reality and along with his artistic team, through the inspiration of struggling for humanity under occupation, he has developed original tools of creation in theatre that present artistic work as a weapon, not of destruction but rather of creation of a better existence, starting from the transformation of the individual.

Micaela Miranda, graduated from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and part of the artistic team of The Freedom Theatre since 2008, has brought physical theatre and devising as a basic language of creation under occupation. Based on the pedagogy of Lecoq and adapting it to a theatre that aims to resist through art, Micaela has been the pedagogical advisor of the Theatre School since its foundation. Now that the school has graduated three generations of actors, this original pedagogy is being defined and shared through a practical, hands-on process that both Micaela and Nabil have been experimenting for the past five years in several workshops with professional and semi-professional theatre activists. Micaela’s work is a work through the body and space, offering a series of technical tools to research and communicate theatrically, intersecting psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and theatre with the aim of promoting reflection and action.

LANGUAGE
The workshop will be delivered mainly in English. There can be translation into Arabic if necessary.

SELECTION CRITERIA
This is a professional-level workshop open to a maximum of 17 participants. Participants will be selected based on their training and performance background. Priority will be given to theatre activists, actors, dancers, directors, playwrights and theatre students.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
For the benefit of group process, punctuality and full attendance is required. We therefore ask you to apply only if you can commit to arriving on time and attending the entire workshop.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1: Applicants must complete the online application form. The application deadline is February 28, 2017.
Step 2: Applicants will receive an email response within one week of filling the form (latest March 7) regarding the status of their application.
Step 3: Selected applicants can finalise their registration by paying the workshop fee. Last date for payment is March 20, 2017.

CONTACT AND ENQUIRIES
johanna@thefreedomtheatre.org (English/Swedish)
mustafa@thefreedomtheatre.org (Arabic)