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Aarohan Theatre

Kathmandu, Nepal

Aarohan Theatre Group is a performing artists' organization established in Kathmandu in 1982 as a non-political, non-religious organization. It is active in the fields of stage and street theatre, television, radio, as well as training/workshop activities in the performing arts. Aarohan believes all forms of art are for the welfare of the human being. To contribute to an honest, fearless, aesthetic and healthy society by promoting social justice, pluralism and democracy through theatre is the main goal of Aarohan.

Aarohan has conducted training/workshops in approximately 60 districts in Nepal on the preparation, performance and management of instructive Kachahari (Forum theatre) and street plays. Offering practical knowledge about theatre, these workshops aim to apply this knowledge towards the transformation of society and customs. The primary objective of such workshops is to generate expertise on theatre techniques with theatre workers and social activists as well as to impart necessary knowledge to prepare and perform issue based street theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. Aarohan has also prepared and broadcast 15 Tele-films and 3 long Tele-serials for Nepal Television. Aarohan plays have been performed at international festivals in India, Bangladesh, Russia, Denmark and Norway.


Amani Peoples’ Theatre

Nairobi, Kenia

Amani People's Theatre (APT) is an association of artist peace builders that employs participatory methodologies - including Forum Theatre - to create the space for reflection around issues of conflict transformation and peace building. The theatre-for-peace process integrates education, entertainment and research in exploring context specific conflict issues and enhancing the search for creative non-violent responses to conflict. APT mainly works with grassroots and middle level community in both rural and urban Kenya. The educational, therapeutic and mediative elements of African indigenous theatre as well as the theories of the Brazilian educators Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal inspire the work of the group. APT was one of the major contributors to the expert meeting and exchange ”Communication in Conflicts” which took place in Summer 2003 in Berlin. Together with the Mothertongue Project in Cape Town and sabisa, APT conducted the workshop and performance during the International Conference on Peace Education in Munich in February 2004.


Community Arts Project

Cape Town, South Africa

The Community Arts Project (CAP) was founded in 1977, in order to establish a forum for artistic activities resisting the restrictions of apartheid. Today the project offers training in fine and performing arts for unemployed youth. The training enables young people to gain skills in various artistic genres, in order to be able to earn their own living. Mandla Mbothwe, a trainer and theatre practitioner with CAP, was one of the participants in sabisa’s exchange programme ”Communicating in Conflicts” in 2002. Mandla Mbothwe is currently lecturer at the University of Cape Town and involved with the conceptualisation of their Community Arts Programme.

Community Arts Project Cape Town

DOMINO – Citizen Involvement in the Limelight

Halle/Merseburg, Germany

DOMINO is a cultural and theatre pedagogic project to promote civil courage, social inclusion and emancipatory cultural community work. DOMINO’s activities were focused on the Saxony-Anhalt region of Halle-Merseburg in 2002 and 2003. They included: practical-oriented training series for teachers, social workers and other multipliers; international meetings of theatre practitioners in Halle-Merseburg; action theatre in public spaces and street theatre events, in which the participants (young people from the region) depicted their viewpoints about the social problems in their lives. The DOMINO project was provided research and evaluation support by the Department of Theatre and Media in Education of the School of Applied Sciences, Merseburg. The aim of the project was to promote self-confidence, civil courage and social engagement using theatre in education methods. One of the main issues dealt with in the project was that of coping with violence. DOMINO co-operated with sabisa during the expert exchange meeting ”Communicating in Conflicts” in June 2003, during which it organised a street theatre event in Merseburg.


Ellis & Bheki

Durban, South Africa

The duo Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane conceive their own theatrical performances based on day-to-day experiences of people in South Africa. Their performances are mostly open-air, and the duo is widely travelled and internationally present at theatre festivals and cultural events. The performances are characterised by an expressive use of the body, humour and an active integration of the audience. Thematically the plays deal with historical and political issues, addressing all age groups. Social commitment forms the core of their theatrical practice. The pair train young actors who have no access to formal education, perform in areas where there are no theatres, and work with groups from rural areas and townships, producing performances and shows of diverse ranges. Bheki Mkhwane was a participant in the sabisa exchange programme ”Communicating in Conflicts” in 2002 in Berlin. He conducted a workshop on ”The Theatre of Imagination”, a method used by Ellis&Bheki, and performed his play, ”Solomon’s Pride,” on migrant workers in South African mines.

Ellis & Bheki

GRIPS Theater

Berlin, Germany

GRIPS Theatre grew out of the ”Reichskabarett” during the student protest movement in West Berlin as an emancipatory children’s theatre company and gained widespread acclaim with plays such as ”Ein Fest bei Papadakis”, ”Max und Milli” and ”Linie 1”. GRIPS productions have been performed in 40 different languages. The special characteristic of this theatre company is its method: plays, themes, actors and depicted conflicts are located where the audience actually is; GRIPS aims to work with the problems, desires and needs of its audience. Its approach is to depict realities, draft out hopes, create space for courage. With its aim to be actively involved in transforming educational policies and practices, GRIPS takes up current debates and encourages young people to participate in public life. The theatre company is a partner of sabisa in the projects on child labour: ”Roll up your sleeves (In die Hände gespuckt)” and on children in violent conflict: "Gewalt im Spiel".


GRIPS Werke e.V.

Berlin, Germany

GRIPS Werke is a non-profit organisation that provides cultural and educational activities using theatre in close connection with the GRIPS Theater company. Children and youths use theatre to explore and voice their own issues.


Hier geblieben!

Berlin, Germany

Hier geblieben! is an action campaign initiated by GRIPS Theatre company, Pro Asyl, Union of School Teachers (GEW) and the Flüchtlingsrat (Refugee Council) with the aim to enforce the full implementation of UN international children's rights and the right to residence in Germany for foreign nationals (children, youths and their families).
A wide range of succesful protest actions, appeals to ministers and polititians, demonstrations and publicity tours has been realized.
The theatre piece developed by GRIPS Theater company for this purpose and based on a real case from Berlin has been performed more than 150 times all over the country.


Graz, Austria

InterACT was founded in 1999 in Graz in Austria as a theatre in education project aiming to combine political engagement with love for theatre work. It uses theatre and scenic play as a tool in cultural communication, for reflection, change and empowerment and aims to encourage social participation and a sense of creative independence. InterACT has conducted a series of theatre in education workshops, interactive events and socio-cultural projects. The group has been a partner of sabisa in the exchange programmes, "Communicating in Conflicts" in 2002 and 2003.


Kamoto Community Arts

Lusaka, Zambia

Kamoto Community Arts is a community-based organisation formed in 1990. It is a theatre, music and dance ensemble, comprised of theatre for development practitioners and professional actors and dancers. Kamoto Arts' Participatory Performance Practice (PPP) addresses the experiences and interests of the communities. It uses theatre for conflict resolution, problem analysis and needs assessment with an emphasis on community participation and a focus on traditional performance. The focus area of work is both urban and rural Zambia. Kamoto participated in the expert meeting and exchange programme, ”Communicating in Conflicts” in Berlin during June 2003.

Regional Association for Play and Theatre

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Regional Association for Play and Theatre views itself as an umbrella organisation of theatre in education practitioners based in and around the German capital. Main areas of work of the organisation are: promoting creative theatre in education and community theatre work in public institutions of cultural education, for example in crèches, schools and socio-cultural institutions, in leisure activities for youth and senior citizens as well as in the corporate sector. Activities of the LAG cover training, exchange programmes and expert meetings. It offers comprehensive services, which are generally available to any interested parties. Being a charitable public interest group, the LAG offers all members the possibility to be involved in the lobby and representative activities of the organisation. During sabisa’s expert exchange programme in Summer 2003, LAG conducted a public discussion evening, presenting examples of German theatre in education praxis and investigating possibilities of exchange with African theatre practitioners.


Mothertongue Project

Cape Town, Südafrika

The Mothertongue Project (formed in 2000) is a collective of women performing artists who contemplate the sacred in and through performance. Their work explores the keys to the empowerment of women and practical processes of healing and transformation through the power of storytelling and performance. The focus being on empowering the audience to discover and recover their own resources for self-healing. The collective combines techniques such as physical theatre, storytelling, breathwork, ritual and music/sound to tap into the body’s own wisdom and the wellspring of personal dreams and universal archetypes.
 The Mothertongue Project participated in sabisa’s exchange programme of theatre practitioners ”Communicating in Conflicts” in 2002 as well as 2003. Together with Amani People’s Theatre and sabisa, the Mothertongue Project is co-facilitator of a workshop and performance during the International Conference on Peace Education in February 2004 in Munich.


Forumtheater Inszene

Cologne, Germany

Forum theatre initiative dealing with current social issues, based in Cologne.


forumtheater group rabenschwarz

Berlin, Germany

The forum theatre group rabenschwarz was launched in Spring 2001, following a series of workshops by facilitators from the Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro with a group of Rroma refugees in Berlin, under the auspices of a local refugee support group. The group focuses thematically on the lives and problems faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, using forum theatre as a creative tool and impulse for political action. rabenschwarz holds forum theatre performances in a wide range of sites, ranging from educational institutions to refugee hostels to municipal administrative offices


Themba HIV/AIDS Project

Johannesburg, South Africa

Themba HIV/AIDS Project has been delivering performances and interactive theatre to schools, community based organisations and businesses in Gauteng since February 2002. The focus is influencing behaviour to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Themba primarily targets young people and parents. The Interactive Themba Theatre (ITT) process uses a range of interactive theatre techniques including Forum Theatre, dramatherapy, psychodrama, theatre games, improvisation, formal teaching methods, play devising, play directing and performance. The young actor-educators from Soweto, Tembisa and Alexandra have contributed to making ITT a process specific to the South African HIV/AIDS context. Themba HIV/AIDS Project participated in sabisa’s expert exchange programmes "Communicating in Conflicts" in 2002 and 2003.


University of Malawi/Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Zomba, Malawi

University of Malawi – Department of Fine and Performing Arts started around 1982, as a break away drama section that joined Fine Art and Music Sections. It has been associated with advancement of theatre in Malawi, both in its commercial and Conflict Resolution aspects. The Department was the first to hold participatory theatre workshops, under the name Chancellor College Travelling Theatre, on labour issues at Mbalachanda Tobacco estates in the Northern Region of Malawi. Since then, this method was adopted by both governmental and non-governmental organisations in Malawi. It runs workshops for community groups on how to use theatre in conflict resolution, and NGOs like Project Hope, Africare Malawi, PSI International, UMOYO Health Network etc. have been beneficiaries of training offered by it. Of late, Mufunanji Magalasi, Linje Manyozo, Joe Chimwenje, and David Kerr have gone with students to do workshops with communities themselves on varied social problems such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, and need for inclusion of common villagers' voices in NGO development.
 The Department of Fine and Performing Arts participated in sabisa’s exchange programme of facilitators ”Communicating in Conflicts” in June 2003.
 sabisa was also represented at a conference organised by the Malawi University Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts in September 2003.


World Community Services/Weltfriedensdienst

Berlin, Germany

World Community Services (Weltfriedensdienst e.V./ WFD) is a development co-operation organisation with its head office in Berlin. The charitable organisation was founded in 1959 and began its activities in the context of anti-fascist reconciliatory work. Currently, the organisation supports grassroots initiatives in Africa, Latin America and in Palestine, in addition to focusing on public information campaigns in Germany on developmental issues. WFD seeks to apply developmental approaches and ideas as rigorously to contemporary post-industrial Germany as it would to any country of the South. Thus in its human rights section, WFD also focuses on promoting an ecological sustainable agriculture in Germany, and campaigns against racism. WFD is one of the officially recognised bodies in the framework of the recently initiated ”Civil Peace Service”. WFD was a partner of sabisa during the expert exchange programme  ”Communicating in Conflicts” in 2002 and 2003, as well as in the workshop ”Short stories for long moments of peace”.


Young People for Change

Durban, South Africa

Young People for Change creates awareness on various socio-cultural issues, primarily on HIV/AIDS education. Young People for Change uses different art forms: drama, dance, music, poetry and storytelling in conveying messages that engulf the youth around the townships of Durban in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The focus group is youth up to 26 years from disadvantaged communities.
 Young People for Change participated in sabisa’s exchange programme ”Communicating in Conflicts” in 2003 in Berlin.