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1 Project AUSTRIA in European Commission Justice CO-FUNDED BY THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME

2 by Our theatre work and trainings are based in Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal), experimental theatre work (Godowsky, Actors Studio), Physical Theatre and pantomime, Actors training (Stanislavsky), others participative theatre concepts Forumtheatre Linz – art in progress is a theatre association founded in 2006 Theatre we understand as a way of dialogue and communication which … … is an essential language of human beings. Everyone is able to do theatre …liberates creativity in shorter or longer processes …initiates and attends personal and social development …opens new and unusually perspectives, …brings people in contact …irritates …initiates discussions …makes visible social and political reality

3 Team Barbara Wick // Facilitator Social worker, Drama pedagogue and Expert of Play education Matthias Thonhauser //Coordinator and theatre trainer Theatremaker, drama-pedagogue, Theologian, Worked as trainer, director and actor in Austria and international works in theatre since 1990 Miri Sinzinger // Film and video documentation Theatre - and filmmaker, dancer, Activist and joker of Theatre of the oppressed Lana Sendzimir // Playwright Master of Arts, theatre maker, facilitator Christina Förster // Music and Sound, stage concept and costumes Actress, musician, singer, songwriter, theatre-maker, puppet- and object-theatre, master of Art History

4 What has happened? A short chronology

5 Cooperation and financial support Migrant- and women-organisations are the bright to women who mostly for different reasons have a very less change to participate in a project like this. Theatre as an useful tool of intercultural work and work against racism and xenophobia Empowerment of women To ably for financial support was necessary to be able to realize the project but also to involve official entities For a good start of the project and finally an useful result in autumn 2010 we started to contact different migrants- and women-organisation to invite them to cooperate. Finally eleven organisations agreed to cooperate with the project in the frame of their own work.

6 Cooperation with Financial supported by

7 Information Information about the project through: different organisations E-Mail Internet Mass medias Folder spread out by partners, friends, interested people Information meetings

8 1st series of Workshops Started 4 th of March 2011 with a group of 28 women in Intercultural Centre Arcobaleno (Linz). 10 WS of for hours. For most of them is new, to work in theatre Origen: Bosnia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Thailand, Germany, Austria Reasons to be in Austria: refugees, study, work, family Reasons to be in the project/expectations: Interest in theatre and in intercultural work, to treat personal experiences, to work on stereotypes, as a personal challenge, discover unexpected parts of myself, personal development, work against racism; benefits for private and for work (methods, presentation …), force networking between women, to learn something new; Presentation of Forumtheatre scenes as work in progress on 1st of July 2011 First script of theatre play for staging 2012 Certificate from VHS (Institute of Intercultural Pedagogic)

9 2 nd Part Invitation to women with migrant background was communicated through different organisations and medias Seven women stepped in new A group of 17 women worked together till June 2012 The group is very heterogenic in social and economic situation, origin and age. They life in different cities of Austria. Countries of origin are Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Austria Starts end of September 2011 with an intense workshop of two days Focused in develop a theatre play for staging about women discrimination, racism, xenophobia, sexism Theatre play is based in experiences and stories coming from the women participating. As a process orientated work the first version of the play still is developing and changing. The new ones have a chance to bring in their experiences and stories

10 The process – scripting the play The basis of our work are the theatre concept of Augusto Boals (+ 2009) Theatre of the Oppressed, Physical Theatre and improvisation. Improvisation Physical training and theatre training Create images and short scenes Every woman has developed a physical expressive figures – we call them personage – and use it to play different characters or situations Premiere of „Kofferpacken or ‚Take your suitcase please!‘“ on 21 st of April 2012 in Cultural Centre Hof, a well know place of cultural events in Linz Four performances more in Linz and Schlierbach. Invitation to the international theatre festival „Abtenau ist Bühne“ in June, performance on 16 th of June

11 The play Kofferpacken or „Take your suitcase please!“ The play is about women of different social status, their wishes, longings and expectations into life and about reality auf daily racism, sexism and discrimination they are experiencing The play is focused on moments in life of Niswetta Soraya and Jamaal, a migrant woman and her son Frame of the play are metaphor scenes about “Genesis” with the song “Que será” and the start of a journey to “Istanbul”

12 Results – personal Discover and develop own expression, voice and creativity – brake or give up some internalized rules/ limits. Experience the own body in an new way; allow to use the body in a more expressive way Change the few to creative work of oneself and others – less judging and more essential feedback on content reflecting own experiences. Develop of self-confidence Work on own (sometimes traumatic) experiences of violence outside of an therapeutic setting Self-development and discover of new perspectives – influence in the familiar context of the women

13 Results - group Become a group able to play together as ensemble and handle difficult and unexpected situations. Laughing - Humour of the women encouraged, forced confidence in the group and the trainers Space of confidence – physically expression, use voice, improvisation – personal stories are brought in about loneliness, depression, violence in family, discrimination in the workplace, about expulsion and flight to Austria, war. Intense communication in the group and find out of commune experiences of discrimination, migration, sexism, violence Work on stereotypes, make them visible and open a space to discuss and change them

14 Results and effects outward Communication with different migrant- and women- organisation and publicity of the project through them Theatre as a tool to make visible discrimination of (migrant-) women, racism and sexual violence and fight against. More attention on violent situation in daily life Information about the project and its topics in newspapers, radio and in the web Around 400 people have seen the play in Austria Integration as a farce – visibility of the contradiction of Austrian/European politics in question of integration, migration and asylum. The missing foreign-passport of Jamila Ibragimuva (living more than six years in Austria as Subsidiary refugee) and the visibility of the conflict on stage

15 Comments of participants Erika L.:.. And then I was to play such a loud, rude man. Let alone the sound intensity of my own voice kept me so busy and stressed that I kept forgetting the complete text. I also felt bad because: "A women/girl doesn't do that. It's bad manners." Although I played the role of an old man I had to deal with myself and my upbringing. To get my own voice loud to be maybe listened to... Two elderly ladies told me after the performance from now on they will pay more attention when they ride the tramway. That's great! Gabriela A.: My creativity and tolerance have been trained. It was also interesting for me to watch this creative process and to compare with my way of working. I was able to let go of responsibility and to trust others." Marina S.: “… I experienced theatre as a tool to connect peoples. I saw it as a privilege to play in this group." Amela B.: So many nationalities in such a small room! The encounters amongst each other were respectful, there were no prejudices. We were very ambitious and worked together and very patient towards the same goal. Gabriela A.: "most of us benefited enormous from the work and from the group. Our sense of self and the sense of responsibility for the group increased. What I enjoyed a lot was to realize - once again - that we women very often resemble each other very much, no matter where we're from (humour, crankiness, problems...)."

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