KURINGA is a space for creative multiplication of the Theatre of the Oppressed through research, artistic production, qualification, projects and Forum Theatre groups. Our initiatives aim to strengthen – local, regional and international – networks of solidarity for concrete and continuous actions.
Theatre of the Oppressed is an aesthetic method committed to the transformation of reality, created by the Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal.
KURINGA theatre groups stage questions on challenges in social life in order to promote dialogue and to research alternatives for overcoming oppression. The group Madalena-Berlin is part of an international network of female Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners, which promotes discussion and concrete actions for women’ rights. KIKMA is composed by the great diversity of the inhabitants of Berlin, stimulating and deepening the discussion on migration, establishment privileges and social justice.
KURINGA's artistic productions are the result of investigative processes on Aesthetics of the Oppressed based on Sound/Rhythm, Image and Word, which promote the discovery of creative potentialities and the development of an autonomous and critical view on society. The “HOTEL EUROPA” Forum Theatre production of the TOgether project is an example of how to combine aesthetic research, collective learning, artistic production and concrete and continuous actions in an international network of TO initiatives from Amiens, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Edinburgh, Lisbon and Pula.
KURINGA’s Theatre of the Oppressed Qualification Programme is designed by Bárbara Santos, who was colleague of Augusto Boal in Brazil for two decades and has worked in the design, implementation, coordination, supervision and evaluation of training programs in several countries. The Programme in Berlin is implemented in collaboration with Christoph Leucht and Till Baumann.
The KURINGA Programme combines the theoretical deepening with practical experiences, contributing to the consistent development of the praxis of the method. Knowledge and experience are developed through collective artistic productions, which are a practical application of the theoretical concepts, and can become a reference for the multiplication process. The programme is composed by two 12-day course periods complemented by seminars, theatrical laboratories and the annual APRIL in KURINGA Forum Theatre Festival.
The KURINGA Qualification Programme and the APRIL in KURINGA Festival contribute to create networks of solidarity and exchange, where TO community groups and practitioners can work together for a transformation of the reality.