Brent Blair uses Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with genocide-survivors in Rwanda. Theatre of the Oppressed has a vast global reach spanning numerous disciplines, yet perhaps the least investigated aspect of the work to date has been its use in collective trauma, even while this becomes increasingly necessary in light of recent experiences of mass violence. There is hardly a more fertile training ground for problematizing this branch of the work than in the post-genocide culture of Rwanda, where co-author Brent Blair has been applying and revising Theatre of the Oppressed theory, training and practice for survivors, therapists and witnesses of the 1994 Rwandan genocide since 2007.
Co-authored by USC colleague Angus Fletcher, this article advances several observations about the exigencies of practicing TO in a world where expressivity is minimized and where protagonist/antagonist conflicts remain unimaginable. This article recounts the birth of a trauma-centered, Rwandan-born TO technique, The Museum of the Unspeakable.
In this video Brent Blair tells us how mechanisms of dehumanisation work, whereas in this one he touches upon the difficulties one can have whilst dealing with post colonial relations in professional work. Brent Blair is coming to Utrecht, the Netherlands to present two workshops. Check them here. These workshops are presented by Community Arts Lab Utrecht and Foundation Formaat.