Expression Without Words

(In photo: Liberated Muse’s Khadijah Ali-Coleman performing with The Saartjie Project in “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty” [2009])

Expression without words uses the principles of Image Theatre as developed by Theatre of the Oppressed innovator Augusto Boal

The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) was developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal during the 1950’ps and 1960’s. In an effort to transform theatre from the “monologue” of traditional performance into a “dialogue” between audience and stage, Boal experimented with many kinds of interactive theatre. His explorations were based on the assumption that dialogue is the common, healthy dynamic between all humans, that all human beings desire and are capable of dialogue, and that when a dialogue becomes a monologue, oppression ensues. Theatre then becomes an extraordinary tool for transforming monologue into dialogue. “While some people make theatre,” says Boal, “we all are theatre.”

Workshop presented during Artscape  in Baltimore, MD (2014) photo by Ben Dawson, Jr.
Workshop presented during Artscape in Baltimore, MD (2014) photo by Ben Dawson, Jr.

Image theatre uses the human body as a tool of representing feelings, ideas, and relationships. Through sculpting others or using our own body to demonstrate a body position, participants create anything from one-person to large-group image sculptures that reflect the sculptor’s impression of a situation or oppression. In this workshop, participants will learn some Image Theatre techniques and then create 10-minute pieces intended to engage their audience with limited dialogue.

This workshop was created as part of a two-week workshop series called Liberated Muse: Evolving Through the Performance Arts. However, it can be scheduled as a single workshop.


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