Forum theatre – “On the other side of the looking glass”
Art as therapy
On Friday, March 3, in collaboration with Trešnjevka Cultural Centre, the art-drama workshops Forum Theatre will start. From it, once again an old, but also every time a new play "On the other side of the looking glass" will be born.
Drama art workshop and its presentation in a form of a theatre is an inclusive creative tool that, through a system of theatre exercises, plays and techniques strives to upgrade the quality of life of the people with psychosocial challenges.
Short forum-scenes portray problems connected to those people and their community. It is not the “real” or “ideal” solution that the technique searches for, it rather aims to explore as much possibilities as possible. Because of that, the play is never the same. After the participants try to play with the different solutions, it is possible that they will use them in a real life when faced with same problems as on the theatre forum-scene. While setting themselves in different situations, individuals are in search for their own identity by the means of the creative integrative approach.
The play will be performed at the opening of the international conference "Client in the Centre", as well as on the commemoration of the World Health Day in Trešnjevka Cultural Centre.
Association Ludruga and Trešnjevka Cultural Centre are an example of good practice when it comes to intersectoral cooperation and the promotion of art as an inclusive tool in coping with psychosocial challenges. While collaborating on the projects, we have perceived that the introduction of art as an instrument of inclusion, model for communication and a medium for discussing the important social issues for participants and the audience is the ideal model not only for the therapy of the persons with psychosocial challenges and their families, but also for the opening-up of the wider community towards them and the destigmatization of these marginalized groups.