Democracy Through Theatre

'Democracy Through Theatre' is a Drama for Life, based at the University of Witwatersrand School of Arts and Department of Arts and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology partnership project. The project aims to strengthen applied theatre postgraduate education and research through course development, and student and teacher exchange by jointly addressing a thematic focus of investigation: contemporary and crucial issues of democracy in Norway and South Africa.

By this chosen focus, the project furthermore investigates theatre as humanistic education, and arena for participant-driven communication and utterance. Through theatre education and research, which involves arts culture stakeholders in the field, the practice also builds knowledge and cultural agency for all participating members. These members include students, artists, participant-audiences within communities. The main activities are teaching theatre-based research methods, practical theatre interventions including thematic and aesthetic investigations and productions, progress evaluations  and public conferences.

The joint educational and research activities furthermore include visual and written production (publications); from students and from practitioner/academic collaborations; artist/researcher/supervisor/student.

The Democracy Through Theatre project will see exchange programmes between Drama For Life and the Department of Arts-and Media Studies at NTNU, starting with a Norwegian delegation visit to South Africa in June 2018, and then a DFL delegation to Trondheim in August 2018.

The partners involved are students and teachers/supervisors/researchers from the arts-based research programmes at the Department of Arts-and Media Studies at NTNU, Norway and Drama For Life at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Also involved are selected artists and practitioners in the field associated with the academic partners. They provide sites for investigation and knowledge generation (research knowledge, participant’s knowledge). The partners expect to achieve strengthened applied theatre programs and strengthened resource centres of applied theatre practice-led research and research education, securing further international collaboration in mobility, education and research.

Contact person for DFL, Petro Jansen van Vuuren: petro.jansevanvuuren@wits.ac.za

for NTNU, Bjørn Rasmussen: bjorn.rasmussen@ntnu.no