Behind the Shadows: Light.

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Shadows and lights are part of our everyday life and evoke a complex spectrum of metaphors: hiding, feeling safe, speaking up, showing the truth, being oppressed, or freeing ourselves. Those shadows and lights will become the center of the international project „Behind the Shadows: Light.“ in which we will research around the topic of gender-based violence in close relationships. In an innovative process, we will interweave elements of contemporary shadow theatre with forum theatre and other methods of Theatre of the Oppressed. The project consists of different parts. Have a look!

A queer and feminist research lab about gender-based violence & creation of a forum and shadow theatre performance.

In January 2023, everything will be under the star of research: in a multi-day method lab, forum theater and shadow theater artists* will experiment how these methods can be interwoven and sensitively used on the topic of gender-based violence. In a 7-day queer and feminist research lab, participants from Italy and Austria will then research the topic of gender-based violence in close relationships and develop a forum shadow theater performance. The premiere will take place in Rome on 13.01.2023.

HERE you find more information about content and participation and an application form for the queer and feminist forum and shadow theatre research lab in Rome, January 2023.

Development of a Method Manual and Multiplication

The experimentation and research not only results in an artistically innovative and aesthetic production, but also in the development of a method manual. This book enables the multiplication of the new method, and analyzes how the combination of forum and shadow theater can contribute to  dismantle taboos around gender-based violence in close relationships. In several multiplication events, these methods are disseminated.

You will find more information here soon.

Performances in Vienna

How can we shed light and break down stigmas around gender-based violence? How can we open up and engage in dialogue and explore the roots of violence in close relationships? What can healthy relationships look like?

Our participatory forum shadow theater performance, which we will bring to Austria in May 2023, will be based on these questions. More info will follow soon.

Co-funded by the European Union.

The project is a cooperation between TdU Wien, Affabulazione and Shadow Liberation.

(c) Foto: Evan Hastings