Stories From the Arab Spring

Stories from the Arab Spring:  The Freedom Theatre performs in Amman, Jordan

One year ago – February 25th 2011, ten thousand protesters took to the streets of Amman demanding economic and political reform.  Since then, Amman and other cities in Jordan have seen numerous public demonstrations inspired by the Arab Spring.  Protestors have opposed government corruption, unemployment and the rising cost of living.

On February 24th, 2012, The Freedom Theatre held a playback theatre event in Amman, titled “Stories from the Arab Spring”. The event provided an opportunity for reflection and dialogue about the past year.  Audience members were invited to share autobiographical accounts relating to the use of civil resistance and popular struggle. The event also welcomed personal accounts relating to the social, economic and political oppressions that sparked the Arab Spring.

Stories from the Arab Spring was advertised by word of mouth and by social media.  An audience of about 50 – 60 youth, adults, men and women gathered at Al Balad Theatre in Downtown Amman for the event.

The audience was eager to share their experiences, hopes and critiques about the revolutionary tide that has swept through the Arab world since December 2010.  Over the course of the evening, we heard stories about the uprisings in Egypt, Syria and Jordan.  We also heard from one person who described how the Spring has impacted the protest movement in the USA.

An ensemble of three Freedom Theatre actors (Ahmed Roch, Eyad Horani and Faisal Abu Al-Heja) enacted the audiences’ accounts using playback theatre – an interactive theatre approach used in over 50 countries as a tool for community building, public dialogue, trauma recovery, social activism, and popular education.  In a Playback event, audience members share thoughts, feelings, memories and autobiographical accounts, and watch as a team of actors and musicians instantly transform these experiences into improvised theatre pieces.

Stories from the Arab Spring was held after a weeklong playback theatre training workshop in Amman, led by The Freedom Theatre.

The Freedom Theatre is planning to facilitate further exploration of the Arab Spring with playback theatre performances in Egypt later this year.  For more information and more images from the performance please email freedombus@thefreedomtheatre.org or visit our facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/thefreedombus

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Upcoming Freedom Theatre Performance in Amman, Jordan

The FREEDOM THEATER, in collaboration with Al Balad Theater presents:

STORIES FROM THE ARAB SPRING

This interactive theatre event we will invite audience members to share autobiographical accounts relating to the Arab Spring. The performance will be held on Friday February 24th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Al Balad Theatre in Amman, Jordan.

In particular, we welcome true stories about the use of popular struggle and civil resistance (including strikes, rallies, social media and art activism) to organize, communicate, raise awareness and demand reform.

We also welcome personal accounts relating to the social, economic and political oppressions that sparked the Arab Spring.

An ensemble of performers will use Playback Theatre to instantly transform these accounts into pieces of improvised theatre and music.

For more information please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/118354398290382/

BACKGROUND
On February 25th, 2011, ten thousand protesters took to the streets of Amman demanding substantial economic and political reform. This protest, and those that followed, are part of the regional movement that opposes human rights violations, government corruption, unemployment and poverty.

Through the sharing of personal accounts, and through the medium of improvisational theatre, we will reflect upon and dialogue about the past year: the hopes, the struggles, the actions and the accomplishments.

PLAYBACK THEATRE
Playback Theatre is an interactive theatre approach used in over 50 countries as a tool for community building, public dialogue, trauma recovery, social activism, and popular education. In a Playback event, audience members share thoughts, feelings, memories and autobiographical accounts, and watch as a team of actors and musicians instantly transform these experiences into improvised theatre pieces.

مسرح الحرية بالتعاون مع مسرح البلد يقدم
قصص من الربيع العربي

سندعو الجمهور من خلال هذا العرض المسرحي التفاعلي ليشارك بقصص وتجارب شخصية عن الربيع العربي.

الهدف هو مشاركة الجمهور والقائمين على العرض بقصص من واقع الربيع العربي، وما تضمنته هذه الفترة من نزاعات ومقاومة مدنية ومظاهرات بالإضافة إلى دور الإعلام والفنون في تلك التحولات، وذلك بهدف تحفيز التواصل ونشر الوعي .

كما نرحب بالقصص الشخصية المتعلقة بالصعوبات الاجتماعية، الاقتصادية والسياسية التي يسلًط عيه الضوء خلال الربيع العربي.

سيقوم مجموعة من المؤديين بتحويل هذه القصص لحظيا إلى مقاطع مسرحية مرتجلة بمصاحبة الموسيقى.

مقدمة:

في 25 شباط 2012، خرج آلاف المتظاهرين في شوارع عمان للمطالبة بإصلاح اقتصادي وسياسي. تعتبر هذه المظاهرات جزء من الحراك المقاوم لانتهاك حقوق الإنسان، والفساد والبطالة والفقر.

سنتشارك الخبرات والقصص الشخصية المتعلقة بآمال ونزاعات وصعوبات وإنجازات العام الفائت، من خلال المسرح الارتجالي.

المسرح التفاعلي يستخدم في أكثر من 50 دولة كأداة لبناء المجتمعات والحوار العام، والتعافي من الصدمات. في فعالية كهذه، يشارك الجمهور بأفكاره وأحاسيسه وذكرياته، ويتابع في نفس الوقت ما يشاركه يؤدى على خشبة المسرح أمامه.