'Freedom, Theatre, and the Oppressed' exhibition at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery
places the struggle of The Freedom Theatre in its global context, focusing on movements around the world that have used theatre as a form resistance.
Rather than focusing on The Freedom Theatre as unique to Jenin, Freedom, Theatre, and the Oppressed* connects The Freedom Theatre to the various ways marginalised communities have rallied behind theatre as an instrument for change globally and throughout history. Books and photo albums charting the journey of The Freedom Theatre are coupled with texts on performance theory and additional case studies from around the world. By flipping through the pages of this pop-up ‘library’, Freedom, Theatre, and the Oppressed provides an intimate setting where the visitor can become more than a viewer, but a reader and learner.
Freedom, Theatre, and the Oppressed is curated by Yazan Khalili and Lara Khaldi.
Opening Hours & Location: The exhibition can be visited from Monday through Friday 10.00 -17.00 at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery at Herengracht 603 in Amsterdam from 5 May till 21 August 2015. Entrance is free.
*The exhibition title refers to the performance methodology ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ founded by Prince Claus Laureate Augusto Boal (1931-2009), in which the audience actively participates in the performance to reflect on and potentially transform their own lives.