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Osonó Theatre closes its long-term talent programmes with professional camps

As a Registered and also European Talent Point, in the last few months Osonó Theatre has carried out two complex artistic projects, providing long-term trainings for talent development with the support of the National Talent Programme. In order to summarise all that has been learnt, the company is organising two professional camps between the 8-12 of November for the youngsters who had participated, and also for the students of the drama course of the Plugor Sándor Secondary School of Arts of Sfântu Gheorghe.

Osonó Theatre's social theatre project for youngsters with fewer opportunities in six counties

During October and November the independent theatre company will carry out its social theatre project, presenting its piece titled As water reflects the face 19 times in 6 counties for more than 300 youngsters with fewer opportunities. The play will be followed each time by a processing theatre workshop. In this large-scale project Osonó cooperates with the General Directorate for Social Services and Child Protection of the counties of Covasna, Brașov, Harghita, Mureş, Cluj and Satu Mare, with several schools, cultural centres and mayor's offices. The complex community event series is carried out with the support of the Romanian National Cultural Fund / Administraţia Fondului Cultural Naţional.

 

One of the outcomes of the project to be held between October 6-15 and November 2-4, will be a documentary film in which the youngsters will talk about their lives, the most important events that define their identities, their past and how they see their future perspectives.

Message for World Theatre Day 2020 by Shahid Nadeem

Theatre as a Shrine

 

At the end of a performance of Ajoka Theatre’s play on Sufi Poet Bulleh Shah , an old man, accompanied by a young boy, came to the actor playing the role of the great Sufi , “My grandson is unwell, would you please blow a blessing upon him.” The actor was taken aback and said, “I am not Bulleh Shah, I am just an actor playing this role.” The old man said, “Son, you are not an actor, you are a reincarnation of Bulleh Shah, his Avatar ”. Suddenly a whole new concept of theatre dawned upon us, where the actor becomes the reincarnation of the character, he/she is portraying.

 

Exploring stories such as that of Bulleh Shah, and there are so many in all cultures, can become a bridge between us, the theatre-makers and an unacquainted but enthusiastic audience. While performing on stage, we sometimes get carried away by our philosophy of theatre, our role as harbingers of social change and leave a large section of the masses behind. In our engagement with the challenges of the present, we deprive ourselves of the possibilities of a deeply moving spiritual experience that theatre can provide. In today’s world where bigotry, hate, and violence is on the rise, our planet is plunging deeper and deeper into a climatic catastrophe, we need to replenish our spiritual strength. We need to fight apathy, lethargy, pessimism, greed, and disregard for the world we live in, the planet we live on.

 

Theatre has a role, a noble role, in energizing and mobilizing humanity to lift itself from its descent into the abyss. It can uplift the stage, the performance space, into something sacred. In South Asia, the artists touch with reverence the floor of the stage before stepping onto it, an ancient tradition when the spiritual and the cultural were intertwined. It is time to regain that symbiotic relationship between the artist and the audience, the past and the future. Theatre-making can be a sacred act and the actors indeed can become the avatars of the roles they play. Theatre has the potential of becoming a shrine and the shrine a performance space.

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