Theatre in Education Workshop
by Ole Brekke of Commedia School
A Report by Aimee Ranquist
Delegates from Russia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Argentina, USA & India were delighted in early April to attend a two-day intensive theatre workshop given by Ole Brekke of Copenhagen Commedia School. The theme was “play.” So much of our lives are spent doing other things, other than play. Re-incorporated in every aspect of life, adults and children alike can benefit from the relaxation, creativity (imagination) inherent in play.
Colors, pictures, the sensory motor organs … growing roots and walking like a tree! … “It is a lot of fun and also it inspires our creativity. It is a good way to learn things through play and games,” said Sis. Jiivandhara. From being a worm … to how would a butterfly react … to how can we make a human couch … and bounce around like bursting fire crackers! “I feel it is a very good way to express ourselves,” said Bro. Devaranjan. Ole Brekke brought warmth & freshness to the cold Swedish seminary surrounded by lots of snow.
“It was about developing certain skills – a great opportunity to understand how to be an actor, how to play, (how to interact as a teacher, role model, parent, participant in most any facet of life), which doesn’t usually happen in our day-to-day lives,”said Bro. Dharmamuti. Not only does it help enhance Social Skills, theatre was used to bring out other education characteristics: Knowledge, Inquiry and Problem Solving, Communication, Values and goal setting. It is indispensible to teamwork and LOVE!
(If we can’t add love in here, it’s just not the same.) Decidedly, this was the most fun this diverse group had experienced together as a team sport. … Good times, fun and laughter were had by all.
Workshops by Ole Brekke give both theoretical and practical experience in using a theatrical approach in any educational situation from early childhood to professional and technical studies and including, of course, primary and secondary school settings. For more on Theatre in Education visit the website of The Commedia School- http://commediaschool.com/.