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

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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: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,034,196
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Why this Book? My Three Theatrical Encounters 1
Pt. 1 The theory 11
1 Theatre, The First Human Invention 13
2 Human Beings, A Passion and A Platform: The 'Aesthetic Space' 16
3 The Three Hypotheses of 'The Cop in the Head' 40
4 Experiences in Two Psychiatric Hospitals 47
5 Preliminaries to the Utilisation of the Rainbow of Desire Techniques 58
1 The modes 58
2 The improvisation 67
3 Identification, recognition and resonance 68
4 The four catharses 69
Pt. 2 The practice 75
1 The Prospective Techniques 77
1 The image of the images 77
2 The image of the word 77
3 Image and counter-image 87
4 The kaleidoscopic image 96
5 The images of the image 109
6 The projected image 111
7 The image of the hour 112
8 The ritual gesture 113
9 Rituals and masks 114
10 The multiple image of oppression 114
11 Multiple images of happiness 114
12 The rotating image 115
13 The image of transition 115
14 The image of the group 115
15 Rashomon 115
2 The Introspective Techniques 118
1 The image of the antagonist 118
2 The analytical image 125
3 The circuit of rituals and masks 133
4 The image of chaos 135
5 The image of the 'cops in the head' and their antibodies 136
6 The image of the 'cops in the heads' of the spectators 150
7 The image of the rainbow of desire 150
8 The screen-image 167
9 Contradictory images of the same people in the same story 171
3 The Extraversion Techniques 174
1 Improvisations 174
2 Games 183
3 Shows 184
Postscript: The Techniques and Ourselves: An Experiment in India 186
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