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I ENCUENTRO EUROPEO DE MA(G)DALENA

23 - 26 DE JUNIO DE 2016, BARCELONA

 

 

Estamos montando el primer encuentro de la Red Ma(g)dalena (red de practicantes de Teatro de las Oprimidas con perspectiva de género. Mirar punto “qui som”) a nivel europeo. Después de varios seminarios, laboratorios, encuentros (internacionales y a nivel latinoamericano) y un festival de esta Red realizados desde 2010, hemos decidido organizar un encuentro en esta parte del mundo. 

Informaciones clave:

  • Fechas: 23 a 26 de junio de 2016
  • Lugar: Barcelona [Del 23 al 25 en Can Batlló. El 26 lo pasaremos en el parque de la Espanya Industrial]
  • Destinatarias: mujeres, bolleras y trans vinculadas Red Ma(g)dalena y/o que practican Teatro de las Oprimidas desde una perspectiva feminista
  • Algunos objetivos:
    • Conocernos, encontrarnos, compartir inquietudes, reflexiones, problemas y alegrías
    • Fortalecer y consolidar la Red Ma(g)dalena, especialmente a nivel europeo
    • Trabajar temas concretos que nos preocupan especialmente (relaciones de poder, liderazgos y privilegios, identidad Ma(g)dalena…)
    • ¡Hacer teatro juntas!

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IV ENCUENTO MA(G)DALENA INTERNACIONAL

15 - 17 de Enero de 2016, Matagalpa / Nicaragua 

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III ENCUENTO MA(G)DALENA INTERNATIONAL

7 – 9 February 2014, La Paz / Bolivia 

From 07 to 09 February 2014, in La Paz, happens the third edition of the meeting that brings together women – practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed – from different corners of the world, within the Madalena International network.

 

Through this meeting, the Madalena International network aims strengthen the solidarity ties to create concrete conditions for the realization of articulated actions in order to give visibility and to transform the oppressions faced by women.

 

Beyond common plan actions and events, the participants also be preparing its contribution to the III Latin-American Theatre of the Oppressed Meeting that happens in La Paz from 10 to 16 of February.

 

The Madalena International network emerged as unfolding of several Theatrical Laboratories, started in Brazil in 2010 (with the support of the Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed) and disseminated by several countries of Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia[1]. The international seminars – as occurred in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro and in 2013, in Buenos Aires - aimed at supporting the process of multiplication of the Madalena Laboratory[2].

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[1] Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and India.

[2] Through the Theatre of the Oppressed, from Augusto Boal, the Madalena Laboratory encourages participants to identify, recognize, analyze, represent and put on public discussion the oppressions faced daily by women, in order to search for concrete alternatives to the transformation of living reality. 

 

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II MA(G)DALENA INTERNATIONAL - Berlin 2013

From 09 to 15 September 2013, in Berlin, happens the second edition of the meeting that brings together women - practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed - from different corners of the world, within the Madalena International network.

The meeting aims to establish channels of communication and of permanent exchange among Madalena's groups. The goal of strengthening the network of solidarity aims to create concrete conditions for the realization of articulated actions in order to give visibility and to transform the oppressions faced by women.

The Madalena International network emerged as unfolding of several Theatrical Laboratories, started in Brazil in 2010 (with the support of the Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed) and disseminated by several countries of Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia[1]. The international seminars – as occurred in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro and in 2013, in Buenos Aires - aimed at supporting the process of multiplication of the Madalena Laboratory[2].


[1] Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and India.

[2] Through the Theatre of the Oppressed, from Augusto Boal, the Madalena Laboratory encourages participants to identify, recognize, analyze, represent and put on public discussion the oppressions faced daily by women, in order to search for concrete alternatives to the transformation of living reality.

 

I Ma(g)dalena International - Berlin 2012

Theatre is not enough ... one must act in real life.

From the 11th to the 16th of September, 2012; The Madalena International Encounter was held in Berlin as an aesthetic experience which included the participation of 27 women, Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners, from different countries of Latin America, Africa and Europe. After the meeting, we denounced through the Internet the experience of gender violence that eight of our participants suffered at YAAM, an important point of the Afro culture in Berlin.

"At dawn on Sunday, September 16th, these women faced sexist and violent attitude of some of the security team members. On the evening of that Sunday, a group of thirty people, men and mostly women went to the YAAM to express the rejection of this treatment, and to demand a public excuse besides concrete actions. We were denied communication with any of those responsible; the contact with the security team deepened the conflict. "

On September 21st, we received a message from a representative of the board of YAAM requesting a phone contact. The phone conversation made possible a personal meeting on Sunday, September 23rd, between representatives of the Madalena International, the board of YAAM and its security staff.

We required from YAAM the recognition and excuse for the violence and sexism perpetuated by the security staff. We also asked YAAM’s management to take concrete actions that would prevent that these types of situations happen again and demonstrate that they will not be tolerated carrying serious consequences. Finally, we proposed the mutual withdrawal of complaints made to the police.

Despite not having the same perception of the events of September 16th, during the meeting, the representatives of YAAM recognized the violence and sexism, regretted and apologized for what happened and pledged to take appropriate action.

As members of the Madalena International, and as activists of Theatre of the Oppressed, we believe in dialogue and cooperation; at the same time, we know that the struggle to overcome patriarchy must be continuous. Therefore, we will be attentive to the development of this case.

We also want to express our outrage at the ongoing gentrification process in the vicinity of YAAM, which proposes the appropriation of another area of the city for the exclusive use of the rich.

PS: In the sequence, we publish the statement of YAAM on this case.

 

Gemeinsame Erklärung von YAAM

Wie teilweise schon bekannt geworden ist, gab es frühen Morgen des 16.9.2012 – Sonntag, um 5Uhr – einen Streit an der Tür des YAAM. Die Ereignisse der Nacht lassen sich nicht mehr vollständig rekonstruieren. Zugleich ist das YAAM zu der Überzeugung gelangt, dass es seitens eines Türstehers zu einem Fehlverhalten gekommen ist. Hier sind elementare Grundprinzipien der Arbeit des YAAM verletzt worden, hierfür können wir uns nur entschuldigen. Das YAAM steht seit vielen Jahren für Gewaltfreiheit, Anti-Sexismus und Anti-Rassismus – und wenn aus unseren Reihen jemand gegen diese Prinzipien verstößt, muss dies Konsequenzen haben.

In einem sehr konstruktiven Gespräch mit den beteiligten Frauen haben wir daher beschlossen, dass der betreffende Türsteher, obwohl wir uns mehr als 10 Jahre lang auf seine Dienste verlassen konnten, nicht mehr im YAAM beschäftigt wird. Beide Seiten werden die Anzeigen bei der Polizei zurückziehen. Das YAAM prüft darüber hinaus auf Anregung von Kuringa, ob nicht öfter Frauen an der Tür als Security eingesetzt werden können.

YAAM, Kuringa und Madalena International haben in dem Gespräch festgestellt, dass es viele Ziele gibt, für die sich alle Beteiligten gleichermaßen einsetzen. Wir wollen daher im Dialog bleiben, um künftig auch gemeinsame Aktionen zu den Themen Sexismus und Rassismus durchzuführen.

 

MADALENAS denounce

Saturday, 15th September 2012, 8 Women – participants of Madalena International coming from Mozambique, Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Germany – experienced an unexpected episode in Berlin.

After a successful theatrical presentation and a celebration among other participants, they understood that have the right to go out and enjoy the city night. Because it being a group made up mainly by black women, working in the cultural area in their home countries, they decide to visit the YAAM, a place known as the socio-political and artistic' meeting-point for the African culture.

Arriving at YAAM, they realize that it requires the payment of an admission fee to go in. They decided to negotiate the value of the ticket. One of them walks to one of the five men guarding the entrance and say:

"We are a group of women and ..."

Her sentence is abruptly interrupted by one of them gesturing and displaying the exit door:

"Get out of here, you will not go in."

The woman responds:

"Calm down, I was just trying to ask you a question ..."

Then a second man, sitting slightly behind the first one, screamed:

"You're a bitch, an ugly woman, your way of speaking is disgusting."

The insults multiply. An unexpected and surprising dump of hate begins. The woman does not accept that treatment and insults him back.

Another man surprises her with a punch in her face. A punch in her face. The act of verbal violence becomes physical violence.

After facing the brutality of those responsible for entering the YAAM, those women have to face the contempt, the sexism and the indifference of the police as if they were the ones responsible for the occurred.

The following day, the women share their concerns with other participants of the Madalena International: Is it the presence of independent women that provokes hatred in some men? Is this hate a social product? Why does the arsenal of aggression towards women remains available, even in the "so called" first world? The anti-racist movement also includes black women? These men guarding the entrance of YAAM represent the proposal of that space?

Sunday, 16th September 2012, the women include this question in the Forum session that they performed. An spect-actress comes in the scene and makes her proposition. The women of the group decide to put into practice the proposal staged. After the event, they run to the YAAM, accompanied by that spect-actress. They perform an act of protest, that does not solve the problem, but deepens the understanding of the existing oppression.

Now, it is necessary to continue the initiated action and seek the support of organizations that are fighting for women's rights.