Imagine that work is a person. What do you want to ask her?
What does work actually stand for?
What does the slogan „working” mean?
Will you occupy my days and give me sleepless nights?
What part of you is really true?
What are your plans towards me?
Do I need you for a happy/satisfying life?
How can I make it up with you?
Will you take my life from me?
Will you destroy me as a human?
Will I be content with you?
What good do you have for me?
Is it possible to go crazy with you?
Do you want to help or hinder me?
What exactly are you?
Will we work well together?
Do I have to get up so early for you?
Will you satisfy me?
Does spending half of life with you have to most often be associated with weaker contact between loved ones and lack of time for them?
Does my attitude to you change with time?
This is one of the tasks that we performed during the "Scenarios of the Future" workshops for young people about work and working. The job category is a common aspect of life for most of us. “Future scenarios” are designed to recognize, explore and tame it. During the process we consider what it means to work in the 21st century. We create space for the exchange of work-related experiences. We consider our beliefs and values that we hear at home.
What is being said about working in your immediate vicinity? What is the role of work in human life? How will the future work look like? How do you see yourself at work after school, after college? And if not work, then what?
We analyze these and many other questions through various theatrical tools such as voice, text, body, sound, space, object and movement. We look at ourselves, discover or deepen our potential and skills both from our’s and the group’s perspective . With the participants we want to analyze the notion of work to gain a more complex view than what is based on experiences from home, close environment and the media. We want to expand this picture and encourage people to make choices based on their values, needs and resources, and to think boldly about themselves and their future.
During the lockdown we invited high school classes to online workshops. We continued to use the tools of theater and performance, but in a different way, through the medium of the screen and web applications, which allowed us to engage young people in discussion, reflection and action. Despite the online live contact, we managed to establish relationships and creatively and actively develop the category of "work".
Association of Theater Pedagogues
We are a living example that a theatre can be a place to explore and express views on a modern world. It can be a chance and opportunity for different people and groups to cooperate, to reflect, experiment and meet not only with others but also solely with one self.
Since 2010 we have been developing the idea of theatre pedagogy both in theory and in practice. We carry out original socio-artistic projects and cooperate with culture institutions and organizations in all regions of Poland.
We create and produce original pedagogical-theatrical projects, original theatrical projects and performances. Some of them may end up in a full theatrical production or performance, other may focus on the creation process itself. We design and conduct sets of workshops. We experiment with new forms. In all our actions we follow the following core principles: our desire to explore and use the potential of the whole group and experience of any individual we are currently working with; our faith in participants’ abilities, our need to strengthen and develop the construct of critical thinking. Our work is based on the use of modern theatrical and performative means, we work with physical training, acting techniques, we work with words, body, voice, group energy and space including public space, we also work with memory and social responsiveness. We induce critical thinking and keen sense of observation.
We train and inspire teachers, actors, activists, theatre instructors, culture animators. We conduct theatrical and pedagogical-theatrical workshops for schools, creative groups, families, children, young adults, seniors, institutions and theatres.
We work with local communities focusing on the attentive and appreciative observation of their culture and local specifics, coming up with theatrical forms of unanimous actions rooted in the indigenous potential.
We support theatre pedagogues in the whole area of Poland. We invite to cooperation theatres we regularly work with while developing the pedagogical-theatrical projects.
We write texts on the theatre pedagogy, about its values and the exemplary praxis. We publish, we perform during conferences. We initiate the exchange of experience among theatre pedagogues and practitioners. We create opportunities to reflect and talk about methodology, ideas, tools and all sorts of inspiration by inviting experience theorists, theatre artists and theatre pedagogues.
We believe that theatre is not only an aesthetic form of art expression but also a narrative about the world and society, about its problems, tensions, fantasies and desires.