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Games & Exercises

 “Theater is a form of knowledge; it is the place where individuals can model new worlds, new realities, and new possibilities.” – Augusto Boal

 “Games and exercises” is an immersive workshop inspired by Augusto Boal’s groundbreaking book of the same name. Led by Christoph Leucht, director of KURINGA, artistic director of the acclaimed forum group WIR SIND HIER!, and a key contributor to the Masculinities Lab, this workshop promises to be enrich your knowledge 

In this dynamic and engaging workshop, we will delve into a series of games and exercises carefully crafted to expand our scenic repertoire, foster creativity, and cultivate critical thinking. Christoph’s wealth of experience and expertise in applied theater ensures that participants will not only learn new techniques but also gain deeper insights into the power of theater as a tool for social change.

We’ll kick off with a vibrant warm-up session designed to awaken our senses and prepare our bodies and minds for the theatrical journey ahead. From there, we’ll dive into a series of theater games that will stimulate our imaginations, foster collaboration, and strengthen our bonds as a group.

This workshop is open to everyone, including educators, community leaders, activists, artists, and anyone with a passion for social justice and creative expression. No prior experience in theater is required—all you need is an open mind and a willingness to engage.

By participating in this workshop, you’ll not only acquire valuable tools for your theatrical toolkit but also become part of a dynamic and supportive community of individuals dedicated to using theater as a catalyst for positive change.

If you are interested please, contact us for more information and register to: qualification@kuringa.org, topic: Games and Exercises April 

Date: April 20th and 21st, 13:00 – 19:00  

Location: KURINGA  

Price: 120 euros  

Kuringa is a self-funded association that relies on the contributions from participants in our workshops. We want to emphasize that by paying for our workshops, participants are directly supporting the existence and continuity of political work through art that we carry out. The funds raised are allocated to maintaining our activities, which primarily aim to raise social awareness and promote change through artistic expressions committed to justice and social transformation. We deeply appreciate the support of all those who participate in our workshops and contribute to the strengthening of our work.

Teatro de las Oprimidas: Feminist aesthetics for political poetics

The workshop “Feminist Aesthetics for Political Poetics – TEATRO DE LAS OPRIMIDAS” delves into the challenges and discoveries made during practical applications developed since 2010 with theater groups and artist-activists from Latin America, Europe and Africa. And theoretical formulation of a theatrical methodology dedicated to the portrayal of oppressions intertwined with the intersections of gender, race and class, all from a structural standpoint. Our objective is to reframe perceptions of oppression and the associated responsibility to initiate change, all while avoiding the pitfalls of individualizing the issue or assigning blame to the people who contend with it.

We are going to work with a repertoire of original exercises, games, and techniques, employing feminist aesthetics from an anti-racist, decolonial, and community perspective, in a practical demonstration of the method’s applicability. Also working with the strategies for enacting a theatrical dialogue that is both horizontal and contextual to foster a collaborative atmosphere among audience members during Forum Theatre proposals, enabling collective interactions. In this dynamic, each individual, drawing from their unique social standing and position, collaborates with others to collectively craft and improvise alternatives to the problem being portrayed on stage. 

This workshop is open to all people interested in aesthetic tools which aim of a view to dismantling patriarchy.

When:   11 – 14 April 2024 (Total: 25h)

Timetable: Thursday and Friday, 4pm-9pm

Saturday, 10am-6pm

 Sunday, course: 11am-4pm and public presentation 5pm-7pm

Where: KURINGA Berlin (Grüntaler Str. 35, 13359 Berlin)

Who:   Adults / Artists / Activists / Social Workers / No gender restriction

Language: English  

Info:   qualification@kuringa.org

Bárbara Santos @barbara.kuringa

Playwright, director, actress, kuringa, author, poet/melodist, screenwriter, filmmaker, researcher and feminist-anti-racist-decolonial activist, Bárbara Santos is the artistic director of the KURINGA theater space and the Madalena-Berlin group in Berlin, Germany; consultant to the Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed, editor of METAXIS magazine and artistic director of the groups Cor do Brasil, Madalena-Anastácia, and Cia Teatral CTO RIO, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and founder of the Ma-g-dalena International Network of Teatro de las Oprimidas, made up of theater groups from Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Her artistic journey includes diverse experiences in more than 40 countries.

Over the span of her career, Bárbara has researched and developed innovative artistic approaches that deal with the intersections between gender, race, and class from a contextual perspective, through feminist aesthetics, with a focus on creative sound and rhythmic paths. These artistic processes have been systematized in three books she has written, including Teatro de las Oprimidas – feminist aesthetics for political poetics, published in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. 

As a performer, she explores the aesthetic transition from the colonized body to the political body. 

Cinema has been her main area of activity as an actor, with a highlight being her performance as Filomena (Filó) in The Invisible Life (by Karim Aïnouz), winner of the Grand Prix at the Un Certain Regard showcase in Cannes 2019, which earned her a nomination for best supporting actress for the 2020 Brazilian Cinema Grand Prix. In 2023, she made her debut as a filmmaker and screenwriter with Ash Wednesday, a medium-length musical film with her music, selected for BERLINALE (Germany), Rio Film Festival (Brazil), War on Screen (France), Filmets Badalona (Spain), among others, throughout 2023.

Kuringa is a self-funded association that relies on the contributions from participants in our workshops. We want to emphasize that by paying for our workshops, participants are directly supporting the existence and continuity of political work through art that we carry out. The funds raised are allocated to maintaining our activities, which primarily aim to raise social awareness and promote change through artistic expressions committed to justice and social transformation. We deeply appreciate the support of all those who participate in our workshops and contribute to the strengthening of our work.

Music concert: Brasil Portal Sonoro

Escape the winter blues and join us for an intimate January evening filled with the soulful rhythms of Brazil. We’re excited to present Raphael Pippa, all the way from Rio de Janeiro, in a special one-night performance in Berlin.

Catch the unique blend of samba, jongo, côco, ijexas, maracatu, and more, as Pippa’s rhythmic guitar harmonizes with the soulful vocals of Patchamora and the beats of Brazilian percussions.

🗓 Date & Time: 14 January at 7pm

We invite you to forget the outside world for a while, cozy up with us, and let the music create a shared moment of connection.

We will have fresh drinks and a warm soup to welcoming you

Entry : donation

Jana Sanskriti, Center of Theatre of the Oppressed India in Berlin

Unveiling the Power of Theatre: Jana Sanskriti’s Legacy in Theatre of the Oppressed

Step into the world of Jana Sanskriti (JS), the trailblazing Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) that pioneered this transformative art form in India.

JS’s theatre teams, reaching thousands monthly, present performances that are not just aesthetically refined but also laden with hard-hitting questions about our societal fabric. Rather than prescribing solutions, JS invites spect-actors, transforming passive spectators into engaged participants. Established in 1985, JS has witnessed the evolution of “spect-acting” from a theatrical experience to a powerful force motivating activism beyond the stage.

As JS blurs the lines between acting and activism, their participatory theatre plays a pivotal role in reshaping social norms. Across various regions in India, “spect-acting” has proven to create a resilient community of active and responsible citizens.

Join us in uncovering the profound impact of JS’s participatory theatre, where the stage becomes a catalyst for change, and the audience transforms into a community of empowered, socially responsible individuals.

Lecture ( 5 € entry, no need of previous registrations)

18. January, 7 pm @ Grüner Salon an der Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10718 Berlin

Theatre as politics’ – a Jana Sanskriti experience

20. – 21. January, 1 – 6 pm @ Grüner Salon an der Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10718

Theatre-Workshop: Scripting Play instead of Playing The Script – theatre of the oppressed from India:

The Games and exercise will be improvised as social metaphors. While playing games the stories will emerge for the participants’ lived experience.  That is how the scripting will be done. Character understanding and structuring the play evolved in the workshop might be included

Sanjoy Ganguly

Registration to the Workshop in Volksbühne page here

Day of Teatro de las Oprimidas

Feminist theatre of the oppressed

Madalena-Berlin invites you on Sunday 15th October at 7pm to a special celebration that marks both Teatro de las Oprimidas Day and pays homage to the visionary behind this transformative movement, Bárbara Santos.

As part of our celebration, we offer you a glimpse into the global impact of our work through the eyes of the Ma(g)dalenas Network. Videos showcasing the encounters and enriching experiences of this network provide a window into how feminist theatre can unite voices from different corners of the world in the pursuit of social justice and equality.

We look forward to sharing this memorable occasion with you.

Teatro de las Oprimidas: workshop & celebration

Have you ever wondered how theatre can be a powerful tool to challenge gender oppressions? 

We invite you to discover it with us in an  feminist Theatre of the Oppressed workshop!

Madalena-Berlin, the feminist group working on themes related to gender and patriarcal oppressions, invites you to participate in a workshop from October 12th to 15th to get to know the methodology from inside. The workshop, facilitated by Eva Gloria and Bibiana Lopera, is only for women and dissidences. Cis- men are not welcomed.

Additionally, on October 15th, we will celebrate the feminist Theatre of the Oppressed Day with an event open for everyone.

About the Workshop: 

Over four days, we will explore how patriarchy irrumps in our bodies and our minds. We will explore using aesthetical methods in order to create a space  for exchange through the power of theatre. Our workshop will include: 

– dynamic theatre and aesthetics exercises. 

– In-depth discussions on gender oppressions. 

– Interactive activities that will challenge you to think critically. 

– A safe space to share experiences and perspectives 

– the creation of a performance to  celebrate togheter the day of Teatro das Oprimidas 

Date: October

12th and 13th from 5pm to 8pm 

14th and 15th from 11am to 6pm with a public presentation at 7pm  on 15th October

Location: KURINGA, Grüntaler Straße 35 

Cost: solidarity exchange 150euros  

Registration: madalenasberlin@gmail.com, subject : October workshop

IMPORTANT: we dont accept any trans, racist, class, age phobia

A Week of Transformation: Qualification Course

We are delighted to share the end of our week-long Theatre of the Oppressed Qualification Course, which brought together participants from around the world. In this intensive programme, our collective embarked on a thought-provoking journey, culminating in a Theatre Forum production that delved into a pressing issue: the play, entitled “Smile Factory”, asks what to do when the pace of mass production enters into life deciding when it is time to rest, have fun, socialise which leads to exhaustion and burnout.

The performance was monumental, with a diverse cast of 40 people joining forces to create a masterpiece. Throughout the forum, we explored powerful interventions, engaged in lively discussions on self-empowerment and strategies to defend workers’ rights, including the powerful tool of strikes.

What has really impressed us during this trip is the overwhelming and moving interest in this methodology. Participants have come from all over the world, from Kenya to the United States, Palestine to Colombia. Such enthusiasm has even led to a waiting list for future workshops.

This is a tribute not only to the dedication of each participant, but also a recognition of the lifelong efforts of luminaries such as Bárbara Santos, who tirelessly carried forward the legacy set in motion by Boal, and the visionary Till Baumann.

We thank you wholeheartedly for being part of our extraordinary journey.

Picture 2 and 5 by Mohammad Ali Deeb DeebDance

Other pics by Kativa Gloria

Solidarity with 6th ELTO: unite to support the Theatre of the Oppressed

Have you ever attended one of our plays, participated in our workshops, witnessed one of our performances, or perhaps heard your friends talk about the inspiration and impact our work with Theatre of the Oppressed has had on them? Behind every scene, there are countless hours of hard work, dedication and a network of people across continents who believe in Theatre of the Oppressed as a powerful tool that stimulates questioning and dialogue, fostering empathy and action to confront and overturn social injustices. 

All of this is made possible by solidarity, a force that unites us and drives our collective efforts.

Now, our colleagues at the Theatre of the Oppressed in Mexico are making a heartfelt call for solidarity: Laboratorio Magdalenas Puebla needs our financial support to organise the Sixth Latin American Meeting of Theatre of Oppressed People (ELTO) , which will take place from 28 October to 6 November in Atlixco, Mexico. 

But why is ELTO so important, you ask?

1. it is a just cause: ELTO focuses on the power of theatre as a means to fight oppression and promote social transformation. Contributing to this cause is a step towards a more just and equal world.

2. Direct impact: Your support will fund housing, food and other necessities for over 300 people, directly benefiting artists, activists, caregivers, disability collectives and many others involved. Every donation makes a difference to their lives and experiences.

3. Inclusion and diversity: ELTO brings together people of different countries, ages, genders and abilities. It is an inclusive space that values cultural and human diversity, and your support strengthens this message of unity.

4. Active participation: ELTO is not a passive event, but an opportunity to actively participate in workshops, theatre performances and creative activities. Your support will help foster creativity and empowerment for all participants.

5. Culture and art: Contributing to ELTO means supporting the value of art and culture as a means to express ideas, emotions and social issues. Together, we can give voice to change through art.

6. International solidarity: ELTO promotes solidarity between countries and cultures, building bridges that unite us as human beings. Supporting this event is a gesture of global unity.

7. Personal engagement: If you feel a personal connection to theatre, activism or anti-oppression, this is an opportunity to support a cause that reflects your deepest values and passions.

8. By supporting ELTO and the Magdalenas Puebla Lab, we contribute to a global art movement, where creativity merges with activism to create lasting impact. 

Your solidarity and contribution will ensure that this transformative work continues, empowering communities and individuals to drive positive change in the face of adversity.

Here is the link where you will find details on how the funds received will be used: http://kck.st/3rjfbKT

To join, it’s simple: just sign up and, with your card, you can make a contribution. 

 Any amount you can contribute will be received as a great treasure.

Thank you very much for being part of our network and joining this international campaign!

Together we can make a difference through the Theatre of the Oppressed!

P.S. Feel free to share this message in your networks. Your support and word of mouth are invaluable in spreading the word about our cause!

Forum Theater Weekend 2023

Explore social issues, challenge preconceptions, and engage in meaningful dialogue through the power of forum theater in the Theater Forum Weekend on August 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:00 PM at STUDIO14 in Uferstudios.

The detailed program is as it follows: 


– 17 August, 7pm, Madalena BerlinNo means NO : What’s the problem of understanding the sense of NO when the facial expression, the sound of the voice and physical movements belong to a woman’s body? Madalena-Berlin’ Forum Theatre play explores the social construction of the idea of gender and this construction’s concrete consequences as abuse, violence, trauma, feminicide.


– 18 & 19 August, 7pm, a production by KURINGA, directed by Bárbara Santos and Till Baumann: this performance combines artistic excellence with a commitment to social change, offering a compelling performance that invites you to question the status quo and explore alternative perspectives.

 
– 19. August, Bralin Theater, “Every day the same game” in our working lives we are subjected to coercion in the most diverse situations. Why is our humanity reduced to functionality and usability?

Admission tickets can be purchased directly at the venue, and prices range from 5 to 10 euros.


In the flyer,  WIR SIND HIER!  by @doktor_ali_romatrial

WIR SIND HIER! Tour


Theater & Film:
Auf Tour in Berlin, Brandenburg und Sachsen!

Zwischen Mai und Juli werden das Forum-Theater-Stück WIR SIND HIER! sowie der Film “Amaro Filmos” mehrmals in Berlin, Brandenburg und Sachsen gezeigt. Wir laden herzlich dazu ein und freuen uns, wenn Sie unsere Einladung mit Ihren Kolleg*innen und Freund*innen teilen!



Forum-Theaterstück “WIR SIND HIER!”

WIR SIND HIER! – trotz Verfolgung, Zurückweisung und Unterdrückung. Denn das erleben Roma* in Deutschland und weltweit seit Jahrhunderten. Und auch heute gibt es wieder rassistische Anschläge und das Holocaust-Denkmal für Sinti* und Roma* soll wegen einer neuen S-Bahn-Linie teilweise zerstört werden. Genug ist genug! Sollen wir eine Roma*-Armee gründen, brauchenRoma* einen eigenen Staat oder was können wir tun, um Rassismus und Unterdrückung von Roma* und Sinti* zu stoppen?Das interaktive Forum-Theaterstück entstand zwischen März und Juni 2021 in einem Probenprozess mit den Methoden des teatro das opridmidas unter Anleitung von Christoph Leucht (Theaterwerkstatt KURINGA). Es wurde am 17. Juni 2021 beim Jugendtheaterfestival „Festiwalla“ in Berlin uraufgeführt, seitdem fanden Gastspiele in Dortmund, Mannheim und Bernau statt. Am 29. Mai 2022 wurde die Gruppe zum Theatertreffen der Jugend ins Haus der Berliner Festspiele eingeladen.
 Von: Christoph Leucht, David Paraschiv, Estera Elisa Paraschiv, Estera Sara Stan, Naomi Stan
Mit: Leszek Avraj, Gino Avraj, Daniel Hromyko, Elisei Nedelcu, David Paraschiv, Estera Sara Stan, Alina Zarafu
Regie: Christoph Leucht
Audio/Videotechnik: Christoph Leucht

Termine:

Montag, 22.05., 20.00 Uhr
Monbijou-Theater
Monbijoustraße 3B, 10117 Berlin

Am 22.05. eröffnet die WIR SIND HIER! Gruppe mit einem Auftritt im Monbijou-Theater die Open-Air-Sommer-Spielzeit. Damit spielen wir zum ersten Mal unter freiem Himmel – um 20:00 Uhr geht es los!
Eintritt 6€, Karten gibt es vor Ort.

Samstag, 27.05., 20.00 Uhr
Ost-Passage Theater
Konradstr. 27, 04315 Leipzig

Noch in der gleichen Woche, am 27.05., tritt die Jugendgruppe in Leipzig auf. Wir freuen uns schon total auf Sachsen und aufs engagierte Publikum vor Ort!
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Samstag, 17.06., 17.00 Uhr
Grüner Salon der Volksbühne
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10178 Berlin

Im Juni geht es dann in Berlin im Grünen Salon weiter – und zwar als Teil des Jugendaustausches, zu dem das Minderheitensekretariat und das Niederdeutschsekretariat Angehörige der friesischen Volksgruppe, der dänischen Minderheit, Lausitzer Sorben, der Deutschen Sinti und Roma und der Sprechergruppe Niederdeutsch vom 15. bis 18. Juni nach Berlin einladen. Weitere Infos zum Jugendaustausch finden Sie unten!
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Screenings von “Amaro Filmos – Wir sind hier!”
In „Amaro Filmos“ (auf Romanes „Unser Film“) geben junge Roma* aus Berlin einen Einblick in ihr Leben und in ihre Gedankenwelt. Mit Humor und Selbstbewusstsein beantworten die Protagonist*innen die Fragen: Wie sehen wir uns? Wie werden wir von anderen gesehen? Und was bewegt uns? Der partizipativ entwickelte Dokumentarfilm beleuchtet nicht nur die Träume, Zukunftswünsche und Rollenbilder einer Generation, sondern auch brennende gesellschaftliche Probleme: Rassismus, Gentrifizierung und die damit einhergehende räumliche Verdrängung einer ganzen Community.

Regie, Kamera und Schnitt: Olad Aden
Eine Koproduktion von: RomaTrial e.V. &
Gangway Straßensozialarbeit in Berlin e.V.
Von und mit: Elisejo, Elisei, Samson, Larissa, Marcel, Lulu, Samuel, Neno, Milena, Estera Sara,
David, Elisa, Daniel, Ali und vielen anderen mehr
Mix & Master: IT’SWHY
Musik: Salomon Ape, Boga, It’s Why, Gigo Flow und Pyranja („Mensch gleich Mensch“ GangwayBeatz vol. 2)

Termine:
Dienstag, 23.05., 18.30 Uhr
OBENKINO Cottbus
Straße der Jugend 16, 03046 Cottbus

Wir freuen uns, auch wieder mal in Brandenburg unterwegs zu sein! Die Aufführung findet in Kooperation mit dem Verein Antidiskriminierungsberatung Brandenburg Opferperspektive e.V. im Rahmen der 2. Cottbuser Europa-Wochen statt.

Nach der Aufführung stehen der Regisseur Olad Aden, der Protagonist David Paraschiv und der Leiter des Projekts WIR SIND HIER! Ali Rönisch für eine Diskussion zur Verfügung.
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Freitag, 07.07, 18.30 Uhr
Grüner Salon der Volksbühne
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10178 Berlin
Kurz vor der Sommerpause hat das Berliner Publikum nochmals die Chance, den Film zu sehen und mit dem Filmteam und den Protagonist*innen ins Gespräch zu kommen!
Und danach feiern wir gemeinsam mit der letzten WIR SIND HIER! Jugendparty in den Sommer rein!
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