Project Title: Dar Palco à Diferença – Incubadora de Companhias de Teatro Playback
Principal Investigator: António Gonzalez
A descriptive paragraph of the project:
In schools in the metropolitan area of Lisbon there are different types of discrimination (e.g.: based on racial/ethnic origin, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation) that has its expression in phenomena such as bullying. Thus, in these schools it is a priority to create platforms and meeting places for young people that promote intercultural dialogue, sharing and listening (precisely what is different), in order to increase empathy, valuing human diversity, combating and preventing the violation of Human Rights (HR). Many NGOs work to raise awareness of HD among young people, usually specialising in specific vulnerable themes and populations, but lack new tools to raise awareness among young people in the school context.
It is intended to use the Playback Theater (TP) to, through the realization of performances aimed at young people who study in schools where there is discrimination/violation of HD, sensitize and value human diversity, promoting tolerance and acceptance of what is different, producing social change through the prevention and combat of the violation of HD. To this end, TP companies will be incubated, in NGOs that promote HD, training young people as TP actors/actresses and to carry out awareness campaigns for HD in Schools.
TP is a type of improvisational theater, where audience members are asked to tell personal stories in the first person, which are then performed artistically on stage (among other effects increases the connection and empathy of the audience).