TOgether International Theatre Company
TOgether Theatre Company is the result of an European project with 7 organizations that work with Theatre of the Oppressed and the external evaluation of Bologna University. Through the dynamic of reflection-production-reflection, participants of TOgether project improved their training as practitioners (artists-activists) of the Method of the Theatre of the Oppressed, ratified the commitment to fight for the transformation of reality in their local initiatives and advanced the aesthetic work in the artistic productions of their community groups.
Active Inquiry, Edimburgh – Scotland
GTO Lisboa – Portugal
INK Pula Festival – Croatia
Krila Bologna – Italy
KURINGA Berlin – Germany
Pas à Passo Amiens – France
uTOpia Barcelona – Spain
From the 2 years project we produced a Forum Theatre Play “HOTEL EUROPA” about a middle-class family who are affected by the austerity measures imposed by Governments. The strive for greater profit from an unreformed banking sector. Exploring the historical foundations of the current crisis, the piece invites the audience to ask themselves how we can challenge a neo-liberal ideology whilst living inside a society based on these principles. Through Forum Theatre the cast stages the question: What would a different future for Europe look like?
HOTEL EUROPA is an ensemble piece with actors playing different characters throughout. The play is told from the point of view of AOIO whose parents own and run Hotel Europa. AOIO is an activist who tries to persuade his parents that the anti-capitalist ideology that he protests for on the streets is possible to create in their hotel. This central storyline is supported by other characters who help to illuminate the context of this struggle (workers, capitalist, banker, media, politician, police, protesters) as well as those directly involved with the specific story (AOIO’s mother and father, hotel workers, banker, customers). The piece is also supported by two musicians who play live music on the stage. Hotel Europa is a Forum Theatre Play where audience is invited of being active and making interventions on dramatic action in order to search for concrete alternatives for the staged problems.
Hotel Europa’s Team:
Bárbara Santos (Artistic Coordination – Brazil / Germany)
Till Baumann (Music Coordination - Germany)
Filipa Simões (Musician - Portugal)
Aleksander Bancic (Croatia)
Alessandro Tolomelli (Italy)
Anabela Rodrigues (Portugal)
Antonio Masegosa (Spain)
Bastien Viltart (France)
Christoph Leucht (Germany)
Claudia Simone (Brazil / France)
Gavin Crichton (Scotland)
Giulia Allegrini (Italy)
Marijana Persic (Croatia)
Miriam Camps (Spain)
Theatre of the Oppressed
The Theatre of the Oppressed is a method developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal over 40 years. This theatre method has been practiced in many countries all over the world in different contexts for exposing and fighting oppression and injustice. Forum Theatre is the most well known technique of Theatre of the Oppressed, which aims blurring the lines between actors and audience for promoting dialogue, sharing and building knowledge and for the transformation of injustice in society.