“The spectator assumes the protagonist role, changes the dramatic action, tries out solutions, discusses plans for change – in short trains themselves for real action. In this case, perhaps the theatre is not revolutionary in itself, but it is surely a rehearsal for the revolution.” Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, 1974

Rehearsing the Revolution is a storytelling game, in which we can experience reality from different perspectives and truths and discover what connects us.

The game is sensory and artivistic, personal and universal.

Rehearsing the Revolution shows us how stories make the world, what our possibilities and responsibilities are in relation to the narratives around us and how we can appropriate them.

In Rehearsing the Revolution we want to learn to listen to the voice of the other, to people but also to other forms of life such as the animals and landscapes around us. We want to develop a new way of dialogue that helps us to dare to think in terms of connectedness rather than separation. We no longer want to avoid conflicts, but rather enter into them through the imagination, thus creating a fertile soil for resilient future stories that guarantee the growth of the quality of life. From the awareness that the narratives we create now will soon determine the reality of our (great) (grand)children, we want to take responsibility for the future.

“Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places.” Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble

SPACE believes that in the end, real change does not come not  the head, but from the heart. Rehearsing the Revolution can make a difference by exploring the emotional side of the story in a playful and safe way. Making an impact through the power of imagination. By playing the game, by entering the fiction together, we get a grip on reality and expose the wicked problems of our time. Playing like children who have yet to master a whole new world, we exercise ourselves in new ways of thinking and broaden our emotional world.

The challenges of our time can only be met together.

Rehearsing the Revolution builds bridges between communities, circles of knowledge and expertise. The project brings together diverse groups of people, from experts on complex issues to local residents, policy makers and artists. We connect city and countryside, rich and poor, scientists and experts by experience.

Groups of people who are diametrically opposed to each other: Hungarians and Roma, Turkish and Greek Cypriots, people on the fringes of society, conspiracy theorists or farmers … they all have a piece of the truth that is dear to them. When we bring these grains of truths into respectful dialogue with each other, space is created to discover what we share with each other.

Rehearsing the Revolution is basically about experiencing the changes that are necessary to make us resilient and prepared for the challenges of the future.

The project allows the audience, who are active participants and not passive spectators, to experience what it is like to look at the same reality differently, where the differences lie and, above all, where the common ground can be found.

During the Rehearsing the Revolution game, we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and make fictional revolutions linked to current challenges. We practice how we can look further, understand other people and work together towards a common goal. These times call for engagement and action. The pandemic has brought inequality, institutional and subcutaneous racism, polarization and the challenges of climate change into sharp focus. These major issues are now visibly present in our daily lives and generate many tensions. Before every major change, there is a crisis. The question is how to seize the momentum and learn from it. What is our story? What and how do we want to change? What are our differences and what do we have in common?

WARNING:

Mechanisms such as long-term thinking, fighting polarization, not avoiding conflict, empathizing with others, discovering what binds us together and balancing individual and collective interests are the pillars of the cultural shift that you can experience during the performance/game.

Rehearsing the Revolution: Online series

The ‘BIOTOPES’ where we play the game and develop in co-creation:

– Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam Noord – about the commons – with local residents and sustainability experts like Climate CleanUp, Grond van Bestaan and the Future Farmers.

– Buffer Fringe Festival, Cyprus in the buffer zone – about decolonizing the past, present and future – with artists from different disciplines

– Rotterdam District Theatre, IJsselmonde Rotterdam – about inequality – with local residents

– Füge, independent production house, Budapest – about polarization – with NGOs, independent citizens’ organizations in sustainability and human rights

The sustainable cooperation between Cyprus, Hungary and the Netherlands arose within the framework of the Culture of Solidarity call of the ECF. We investigate how we can use art to create a new shared but pluriform European narrative that is alive and not a dusty collection of white ideals based on historical amnesia.

Tour in the 2021/22/23 seasons:

Rehearsing the Revolution is the preliminary stage of the international collaboration the Common Ground Dialogues, a multi-year project in which artists, scholars and civic organizations from Hungary, the Netherlands, Cyprus and France explore a new way of conducting dialogue to combat polarization.

 

Project website: https://www.rehearsingtherevolution.org #rehearsingtherevolution

 


“The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us; the uncanny discovery that the seeker is the mystery which the seeker seeks to know.” Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey


 

Partners and provisional venues of Rehearsing the Revolution and the Common Ground Dialogues:

Climate Clean Up, Grond van Bestaan, De Gezonde Stad, OBA, UvA, VU, Central European University, Narratopia / Plurality University (F),Buffer Fringe Festival (CY), Rotterdams Wijktheater / ICAF, Füge (HU), Theatre Corrosia-Almere, Tolhuistuin-Amsterdam, De Generator-Leiden, Tropen Museum-KIT, Over het IJ Festival and Bánkitó Fesztivál (H)

The team:

Petra Ardai – concept, directing, scenario, performing/ guiding through the game
Esther Verhamme – concept, online storytelling, webdesign and acting
Rebekka Fries – concept, visual design
Jörgen Unom Gario – poetry and performing/ guiding through the game
Tamara Zsófia Vadas – choreography and performing/ guiding through the game (HU)
Maria Varnakkidou – storytelling and performing/ guiding through the game (CY)
Judit Böröcz – European connections and dramaturgy
Constantina Georgiou – European Communication
Marta Pisco – production and community building

This project is made possible with the support of: