(News Flash! Boal has also just been nominated for a Nobel Prize! If you want to support the nomination, click here: http://www.theatreoftheoppressed.org)
Obviously, the kind of global warming event that would be relevant in Vancouver would be different than an event in Calcutta or in Rotterdam, in Beijing or in Rio de Janeiro, in Istanbul or in Fairhaven. We think this is part of the beauty and power of the idea. We have no desire (or ability) to control the event you create.
Here is what we at Headlines can offer:
We are working on a simple logo that everyone will be welcome to use. A high resolution version will be downloadable on Headlines’ website, at http://headlinestheatre.com/2Degrees08/jokersday.htm as soon as it is ready. You are also, of course, free to create and use your own material.
We will gather basic information from everyone: (Who are you? Where are you? Name of your event? Location of the event? A TWO SENTENCE description of your event. A contact email for you.)
We will build an online resource of all of these events on our website at www.headlinestheatre.com.
We will publicize the Jokers’ International Day of Action on Global Warming throughout our national and international networks and, as much as we can, to the national and international media.
After March 16, we will gather short reports from you about how your event went, and include the reports on the online resource.
What we will ask of you:
To create an event on March 16, in your community. Maybe it is Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, Rainbow of Desire, Cops in the Head, Legislative Theatre, or….???
To let us know what you are doing: (Who are you? Where are you? Name of your event? Location of the event? A TWO SENTENCE description of your event. A contact email for you.)
To publicize your own event and the Jokers’ International Day of Action on Global Warming in any way that is possible and appropriate for you to do.
To report back to us about how your event went, so we can share that information with the international community.
To agree to allow your information to be published on Headlines’ web site, and to agree to be contacted by people who may be interested in you or your event through an email link to you on our web site.
You are welcome to create your own online presence – we will link ours to yours and request that you do the same.
Doing this does not have to cost a lot of money.
For example, 2º of Fear and Desire was a series of small public events (using Rainbow of Desire and Cops in the Head) at the Rhizome Café in Vancouver (maximum seating, 70). The people who run the café were very enthusiastic about the event and offered the space for free. We asked the audience for donations at the door and gave the Rhizome Café 20% of the donations. Our publicity material was designed and printed “in house”, but even if this was done commercially, it would not have t
o be expensive. We worked with local environmental organizations to help publicize the events. It was packed every night. Here are some responses to 2º of Fear and Desire, used with permission:
“I attended 2º of Fear and Desire last Saturday and was completely blown away by the experience. As a sustainability educator, I have been attending numerous conferences and meetings to gather a reading on what people are actually doing to make effective action and changes regarding climate change. I always leave such events saddened because they usually simply add to the ever-growing grave database about the severity of the matter, but fall short of analyzing why our society has become the way it is in order to break free from it and create the drive and motivation to change.
Experiencing 2º of Fear and Desire was so refreshing because it went straight to the source, the human psyche, and examined it with honesty, respect, and witty humour. Furthermore, the performance was strikingly tangible and personal to the audience members and participants. The show helped each of us understand our mental processes a bit better, and develop a sort of solidarity with each other in recognizing and processing through our common struggles. Thank you so much for the wonderfully deep work you have done”.
Elisa Lee, Vancouver BC (Nov, 2007)
“Thank you so much for (2º of Fear and Desire) this evening on climate change. I left with a feeling of hope that I haven’t had for some time now. It is precisely this kind of courageous self-exploration and community-building that needs to happen in order to effect real change on this most complex and global of issues.”
Marian Rose, Vancouver BC (Nov, 2007)
“I just wanted to take some time to express how 2º of Fear and Desire experience created such a buzz in the room throughout the entire evening. It was a challenging piece for me, but essential to any efforts we can put forth in reducing the negative impacts of climate change, because it forced me to humanize the ‚other‘ that is normally so easy to demonize…in this case a corporate other. I obviously tell people I care about everyone, but I also slip easily into blaming a certain type of person for the problem of climate change, usually economists, business people and politicians. This particular way of engaging the issue used by Headlines Theatre struck a deep chord in me that to actually overcome this problem, we absolutely cannot dehumanize anybody in this. As cliché as it sounds, we all truly are in it together…but I think we best realize that when we discuss the issue in terms of fear and desire, as we did on Friday, because we all identify with fears and desires around climate change.”
Andrew Rushmere, Vancouver, BC (Nov, 2007)
These events were very simply done, but had a profound, direct effect on people that will ripple out beyond those who attended. Your event could be as simple or as complex as you desire.
We hope you want to participate in the Jokers’ International Day of Action on Global Warming.
Please contact us with your plans or if you have questions or comments. Adeline Huynh at Headlines will be coordinating communication at this special email address:
We look forward to this international collaboration with you.
Headlines Theatre: Dafne Blanco, Jen Cressey, Jackie Crossland, David Diamond and Adeline Huynh
1 A “Joker” is the term used to describe a person who facilitates and/or directs theatrical events using Boal-based techniques, originating in Theatre of the Oppressed.