By Augusto Boal
Augusto Boal's workshops and theatre routines are popular through the global for his or her life-changing results. eventually this significant director, practitioner, and writer of many books on neighborhood theatre speaks out concerning the topics most vital to him – the sensible paintings he does with various groups, the results of globalization, and the inventive probabilities for we all.
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If they go to the auditory nerve, they specialise in transmitting sounds to the cerebral cortex; if to the optic nerve, images; and so on. 21 THE AESTHETICS OF THE OPPRESSED CTO-Rio Community Group: Panela de Opressão Forum Theatre Play: Acorda! O Sonho Acabou (Wake up! The Dream is Over) Subject: Sex education and teenage pregnancy Directed by: Bárbara Santos Photographer: Carola Pagani (AFAB) FESTEL (Legislative Theatre Festival 2005 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The messages received by the cortex – sounds, images, smells, tastes, cutaneous sensations, ideas, physiognomies – transformed into neuron circuits, relate with other circuits already existing in deeper and more ﬁxed strata of the brain, and can be carried back to the cortex, where they will engage in dialogue with the new messages, a dialogue from which will emerge the subject’s decisions.
When these neurons are activated by new stimuli, the creation of Metaphor is activated. e. the creations of new realities. The human being is the only animal capable of creating Metaphors. The more it ‘metaphorises’, the more human it becomes. All the arts are Metaphors and only human beings are artists. 26 A THEORETICAL FOUNDATION CTO-Rio Community Group: Periferia em Ação Forum Theatre Play: A Descoberta de Trancinha Subject: Teenage pregnancy Directed by: Roni Valk Photographer: Carola Pagani (AFAB) FESTEL (Legislative Theatre Festival 2005 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Without an autonomous metaphoric activity – which is what the Aesthetics of the Oppressed seeks to develop – the intelligence is paralysed and the individual once again approaches the condition of hominid, where his evolution began!
16 THE METAPHOR: HUMANS AND HOMINIDS In the Aesthetics of the Oppressed we concentrate our efforts and focus our attention on the creation of conditions in which the oppressed can develop fully their metaphoric world – their thought, their imagination and their capacity to symbolise, to dream, and to create parables and allegories, which allow them to see, from a certain distance, the reality they want to modify – without diminishing their participation in the social concrete world. We cannot see the real if our noses are glued to it – some aesthetic distance is necessary.
Aesthetics of the Opressed by Augusto Boal