Behind the Shadows: Light. – Resources

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We have structured the resources according to topics and methods. Also, we created a special section for videos on all these topics. We also provide you with links to interesting practitioners and organisations in the field.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Boal, Augusto (2002): Games for Actors and Non-Actors. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.

Boal, A. (1995): The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy. London: Routledge

Boal, A. (2006): The Aesthetics of the Oppressed (A. Jackson, Trans.). London, UK: Routledge

Diamond, D. (2007): Theatre for Living: The Art and Science of Community-based Dialogue. Victoria, BC : Trafford.

Duffy, P., &  Vettraino, E. [ed.](2010): Youth and Theatre of the Oppressed. New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Emert, T. & Friedland, E. (Eds.) (2011): „Come Closer“: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed. New York: Peter Lang.

Fritz, Birgit (2013): InExActArt: The Autopoietic Theatre of Augusto Boal ; a Handbook of Theatre of the Oppressed Practice. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verl.

LeoNimm, Sulu; Morgan, Liz; Rubin, Katy (2022): „The Wildcard Workbook: A Practical Guide for Jokering Forum Theatre“. Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.Rohd, M. (1998): Theatre for community, conflict, and dialogue: The hope is vital training manual. Portsmouth: Heinemann.

About Shadows and Shadow Theatre

Andersen, Hans Christian (2012): The Shadow. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: North Charleston

(a fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen)

Bernier, Matthew, and Judith O’Hare, eds. 2005. Puppetry in Education and Therapy: Unlocking Doors to the Mind and Heart. Bloomington, Indiana: Author House.

Boehn, Max Von (2011): Photographic Guide To The History Of Oriental And Occidental Shadow Puppet. Redditch: Read Books.

Boehn, Max von (2011): Photographic Guide to the History of the Shadow Puppet Theatre in the West. Redditch: Read Books.

Bruel, Christian, Anne Bozellec, and Anne Galland. (2009) Histoire de Julie qui avait une ombre de garçon. Nouv. éd. Paris: Éd. Être.

Jung, C. G. u. a.,(1968, ed.): Man and His Symbols. New York: Dell.

(a psychological research about the symbolum of the shadow)

Lee, Suzy. 2010. Shadow. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

(a Silent book about the expression and the immagination of the shadows)

Stoichită, Victor Ieronim (2019): A Short History of the Shadow. London: Reaktion Books.

(an antropological research about the using of the shadows in art from Egyptians until Andy Warhol)Wisniewski, D. & Wisniewski, D. (1996) Worlds of Shadow: Teaching with Shadow Puppetry. Libraries Unlimited.

Gender Based Violence Education

Baim, Clark, Sally Brookes, Alun Mountford, and Geese Theatre Company (eds, 2002): The Geese Theatre Handbook: Drama with Offenders and People at Risk. Winchester: Waterside Press.

Goodman, L. (1999): Sexuality in Performance: Replaying Gender in Theatre and Culture. London: Routledge .

IGLYO (2015): „Norm Criticism Toolkit“, Contributors: Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir,

Tudor Kovacs, Ksenija Joksimović.

Johnson, Chelsea, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. 2022. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. First paperback edition. New York: Dottir Press. (Intro to Intersectionality for kids 6-12yrs)

Katz, J. (2006): The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Malcor, Olivier (2021): Scripting violence, rehearsing change. Games and theatrical tools to work with perpetrators of gender-based violence. Berlin: WWP – Working with Perpetrators Network ->

Rethinking Schools Ltd. (2016, eds.): Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools Ltd.

Queerfeminist Classics

Brown, Adrienne M. (2019): Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Chico, CA: AK Press.

Butler, Judith (1990): Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge.

Holland, Sharon Patricia, and Cathy J. Cohen (2005): Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson. Duke University Press. (May 11, 2023).


Shadow Theatre performance in the house („The beautiful laundryman“), by Silvio Gioia

TUTORIAL „COME COSTRUIRE UN TEATRO D’OMBRE DI CARTA“ / How to create a shadow theatre with paper, by Anusc Castiglioni – Carta Fabriano:

How to make poetical and magical shadows and light effects using simple materials, by Silvio Gioia:

 How to make poetical and magical shadows and light effects using simple materials, by Silvio Gioia:

How to create characters with hands for shadow theatre, by Silvio Gioia

Shadow theatre workshop by Norbert Goetz:

Workshop with TO and Shadows on GBV with young people from different european nations: ,

Workshop with TO and Shadows on GBV with migrants and local community

Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue | TED Talk by Jackson Katz

ShadowLight Productions Streaming archive

Organisations and Practitioners

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