This quarter we would like you to meet the Theater of the Oppressed Vienna (TdU Wien) and Joschka Köck. TdU Wien leads the work in working package nine that will explore how we can use theater to counteract anti-democratic tendencies and attacks on gender equality and women’s rights.
As we began planning the work, our international and multidisciplinary team could not help but reflected on the meaning of activism in different institutional and political contexts. Perhaps, the biggest revelation that we had was the idea that one’s ability to engage in activism in Europe remained a privilege rather than a given. What is more, one cannot underestimate the importance of intersectional approach when analyzing activism during the times of democratic backsliding and attacks on gender equality as the meaning and available repertoire of activist tools depend not only on one’s positionality in terms of gender, class or country, but also on one’s organizational membership (university or civil society organization). At the same time, as spaces for activism narrow, new creative forms of activism emerge. TdU Wien is one of them.
TdU Wien is a (queer-) feminist organization that works with marginalized groups (e.g., LGBTIQA*, precarious workers), activists, students, and youth to heal, empower, and transform social reality, and achieve gender and social justice. They also offer trainings to practitioners who work with the marginalized groups on how to use the theater of the oppressed method. The focal topics of TdU Wien are feminisms, climate justice, and precarity.
To learn more about TdU’s work, visit them on www.tdu-wien.at, www.facebook.com/TO.Vienna, www.instagram.com/tdu_wien/ or Telegram Channel www.t.me/TdUWien.
To learn more about TdU as a method, you can consult the following books and studies:
Ahmadov, Anar K. 2019. “Breaking the Fourth Wall in Political Studies: Exploring Politics through Interactive Theatre.” European Political Science 18(3): 554–73.
Boal, Augusto. 2002. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
Boal, Augusto. 2008. Theatre of the Oppressed. New edition. London: Pluto Press.
Dahal, Pranab, Sunil Kumar Joshi, and Katarina Swahnberg. 2022. “Does Forum Theater Help Reduce Gender Inequalities and Violence? Findings From Nepal.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 37(13–14): NP12086–110.
Fritz, Birgit. 2013. InExActArt: The Autopoietic Theatre of Augusto Boal ; a Handbook of Theatre of the Oppressed Practice. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verl.
Köck, Joschka (2020) "Global TO Movement(s) and its Discontents," Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 5, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol5/iss1/3
Mills, Sandra. 2009. “Theatre for Transformation and Empowerment: A Case Study of Jana Sanskriti Theatre of the Oppressed.” Development in Practice 19(4–5): 550–59.
Oliviera, Sales Catarina, Alcides A. Monteiro, and Silvia Pinto Ferreira. 2019. “Gender Consciousness through Applied Theatre.” European journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults 10(1): 77–92.
Santos, Barbara. 2019. Theatre of the Oppressed, Roots and Wings: A Theory of the Praxis.
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