The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy

The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy

by Augusto Boal
     
 

Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives. Now translated into English and comprehensively updated from the French, Rainbow of Desire sets out the techniques which help us 'see' for the first time

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Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives. Now translated into English and comprehensively updated from the French, Rainbow of Desire sets out the techniques which help us 'see' for the first time the oppressions we have internalised.
Boal, a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician, has been confronting oppression in various forms for over thirty years. His belief that theatre is a means to create the future has inspired hundreds of groups all over the world to use his techniques in a multitude of settings. This, his latest work, includes such exercises as:

• The Cops in the Head and their anti-bodies

• The screen image

• The image of the future we are afraid of

• Image and counter-image
....and many more.
Rainbow of Desire will make fascinating reading for those already familiar with Boal's work and is also completely accessible to anyone new to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415103497
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Why this Book? My Three Theatrical Encounters1
Pt. 1The theory11
1Theatre, The First Human Invention13
2Human Beings, A Passion and A Platform: The 'Aesthetic Space'16
3The Three Hypotheses of 'The Cop in the Head'40
4Experiences in Two Psychiatric Hospitals47
5Preliminaries to the Utilisation of the Rainbow of Desire Techniques58
1The modes58
2The improvisation67
3Identification, recognition and resonance68
4The four catharses69
Pt. 2The practice75
1The Prospective Techniques77
1The image of the images77
2The image of the word77
3Image and counter-image87
4The kaleidoscopic image96
5The images of the image109
6The projected image111
7The image of the hour112
8The ritual gesture113
9Rituals and masks114
10The multiple image of oppression114
11Multiple images of happiness114
12The rotating image115
13The image of transition115
14The image of the group115
15Rashomon115
2The Introspective Techniques118
1The image of the antagonist118
2The analytical image125
3The circuit of rituals and masks133
4The image of chaos135
5The image of the 'cops in the head' and their antibodies136
6The image of the 'cops in the heads' of the spectators150
7The image of the rainbow of desire150
8The screen-image167
9Contradictory images of the same people in the same story171
3The Extraversion Techniques174
1Improvisations174
2Games183
3Shows184
Postscript: The Techniques and Ourselves: An Experiment in India186

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