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Female groups that practice Theatre of the Oppressed[1] comprise the international Madalena Network, which is present in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia[2]. It was created as a consequence of the theatre laboratories and international encounters started in Brazil in 2010 with the support of the Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed (Centro do Teatro do Oprimido - CTO).


Madalena Laboratory Theatre of the Oppressed seeks to respond to the great need of privileged spaces for women to discuss the specific oppressions they face in different contexts. This is meant to be a space where mutual trust can be uphold and re-valued; where women find ways to overcome feelings of guilt, shame, and competition; and where women can confront the silence that has historically hid fundamental topics. Therefore, Madalena groups seek to build up an environment of recognition, visibility and empowerment so that women can reflect about their own oppressions, exchange ideas and support each other in the struggle for new quests and the improvement of the rights that women have already conquered. 


Madalena laboratory is an innovative theatrical and research experience that uses aesthetic elements, and it is directed to women only to create effective strategies that help overcome their oppressions and that promote equity among the sexes. The beginning point is the female body, which was kept out of sight for centuries and is the marketing window for mass media nowadays. Madalena Laboratory explores taboos and highly sensitive social topics, using art to visualize concrete pathways to outdo injustice and to transform reality.


Madalena International Network (Teatro de las Oprimidas) is a space to revalue and spread the expression of female collectives; it is a space of exchange, struggle and encouragement for solidarity and justice.


Madalena International Network has held two international seminars, one in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and other in Buenos Aires in 2013. The Network has also held three international meetings, two in Berlin in 2012 and 2013, and the latest in La Paz, Bolivia in 2014. In September 2015 the Network will celebrate its first International Madalena Festival in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.


Artistic Director: Bárbara Santos

Contact: madalena at kuringa org

Berlin 2012: http://www.kuringa.org/es/madalena1.html

La Paz 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC6GY-gufXA&feature=share

Bárbara Santos 

Sociologist, actress and Curinga of Theatre of the Oppressed. Coordinator of Theatre of the Oppressed CTO 1994 – 2008. Worked with Augusto Boal for two decades in artistic productions and the creation and research of theater techniques such as Legislative Theatre and Aesthetics of the Oppressed. Bárbara Santos develops Madalena Laboratory – Teatro de las Oprimidas – innovative aesthetic experience about the specific oppressions that women face in diverse contexts. Barbara investigates the Aesthetics of the Oppressed and the Rainbow of Desire (introspective theatre techniques). Barbara is the artistic director of KURINGA (Berlin-Germany) and editor of the magazine Metaxis (Brazil).    





[1] Theatre method created by the Brazilian play writer Augusto Boal.

[2] Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland y la India.