TO / TFL training 2013-14

2013-2014 Training: We are starting up our new TO ‘training’ calendar. Commencing at the end of this year running through until next year. For many reasons, we have chosen a new approach. We are offering a year long TO mentor in action – program. This program will offer opportunities to learn from a range of different facilitators who will run workshops focused not just on techniques, but on praxis, particularly how praxis relates to certain issues (Gender, Conflict, Anti-racism and more). In the space between workshops, we will host informal reflective groups to talk about how we are navigating the application of what we are learning. These groups will either be face to face or via skype. One of our first facilitators will be S.Leigh Thompson from the Forum Project NY.

S.Leigh will be running a 101 anti-oppressive praxis / TO workshop followed by a workshop on gender: beyond binaries. Future guest facilitators will be coming out from Brazil, Israel, Colombia, and South East Asia. The co-mentoring project hopes that by running workshops and meeting it will give people an opportunity to talk through techniques, the challenges of theory and practice. Our aim is to move beyond TO as a tool kit, to deeply reflect on different ways, and their meanings to engage with the work, that needs to be pulled a part and critiqued and examined in the context of the politics of creative industries and what Augusto Boal called a rehearsal for life/for a revolution. We are hoping to offer a space to think about facilitating the work, motivations – locations etc, an to explore what brings us to an anti-oppressive practice, howwe navigate our desire for change in the face of a increasing Neo-liberal value system. If you want more info, or to stay in the loop re this training – send us an email.

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One response to “TO / TFL training 2013-14

  • sally davis

    Sorry this is my third reply! I just read that you are offering a year long mentorship, I am very interested.

    In 2006 I travelled to Vanuatu to the Wan Smol Bag Theatre where I worked as an artist in residence with the youth.

    This adventure took me to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea to work with the Raun Raun Theatre Company (National Performing Arts Troupe). I worked with youth to explore issues such as HIV/aids, violence, child rights and safe sexual practice using theatre, dance and circus.

    Through my time working in developing countries I have gained immeasurable experience and ability to work in extreme and demanding conditions.

    I have studied clown with International clown masters Philippe Gaulier, John Bolton and recently with Giovanni Fusetti in Florence, Italy. I am interested in the use of clown as a healing mechanism for individuals.

    In 2007 I was invited to join Second Echo Ensemble, Tasmania’s only integrated mixed ability theatre group.

    The group creates work that crosses the boundaries and perceptions that audience members may hold on disability and capability. We have recently toured our third work ‘The Company I Keep’ to New Zealand in October 2012 and collaborate with Touch Compass, one of New Zealand’s leading mixed ability dance companies.

    Our work focuses on artistry rather than differences; it unites us as performers instead of separating those of us with and without disabilities.

    I recently directed my first physical theatre work with the company entitled ‘Full Steam’, a performance set in a dream like train station.

    I am a firm believer that the arts have the ability to transform lives and would love to learn more about your work. Please let me know if it may be a possibility!

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