Activity 12: Strategies for winning freedom (expo)

3 hours 30 minutes

Aims

To help us to draw connections and links between our movements, their aims and forms of resistance and to reflect critically on the five questions we were asked to respond to.

About

This is an opportunity to showcase and educate us about your organisation or movement. Think about how you would like to tell the story of your movement or organisation framed around the five (5) questions given to you as a take-home task.

Task 1

You will be divided into four groups. The groups are set up according to these clusters:

  1. Youth and students
  2. Women and queer struggles
  3. Land (rural and urban)/environment struggles
  4. surveillance and technology.

In your allocated groups, look at the material that every participant has assembled and discuss and sort the material out according to the five questions you were asked. Prepare a display that reflects on your cluster.

On your display, try to answer these questions:

What are the common threads? What are the differences?

You are encouraged to be creative in how you do this. For example: you can draw the similarities by using different colours of wool or duct-tape. You can also find creative ways of showing the differences.

You have 60 minutes for this task

Task 2

We will now combine the clusters and have one big group in the room. The big groups will participate in a mini workshop on theatre and storytelling. In the mini workshop, the facilitators will work with us to prepare and present the stories and journeys of our movements through a play or some form of storytelling.

Step 1:

‘Yes, and’: sitting in a circle, we will together, create a story using the ‘yes, and’ principle. This means, we narrate a story building from where the last speaker left off and improvise to ensure that the story continues. This is a one-by-one group story with each person starting their narration with ‘yes, and’. We will spend 15 minutes on this.

Step 2:

Complete the image: This will be followed by an exercise where we will build images that tell our stories, using our bodies. To do this, one person enters the playing space and strike a position; person 2 completes the image by finding another position (creating a new story); a new player enters to replace person 1 and create a completely new image. This exercise can include a narration component too – once the image is struck, another player can add narration to frame the story that they see. We have 15 minutes for this step.

Step 3:

Building tableaus/statues that capture a moment: the facilitator will ask one volunteer to think about one key moment from a campaign. If that person had to use other participants’ bodies as ‘clay’ how would they capture that moment in a still picture or statue (this does NOT have to be realistic: for example, one person might represent the Police). The participant can be instructed to stand with legs open, arms folded; three other might be women trying to hand over demands; each person could represent a different view of the protesters: someone pointing at the police; someone turning away; someone one their knees begging). This exercise is built in front of the others to demonstrate how tableaus might work. We have 15 minutes for this demonstration.

In total, we have 45 minutes for this task

Task 3

Following the mini-workshop, we will return to our original groups and prepare to apply the insights from the mini-workshop to tell, enact, represent the stories and journeys of our movements. The two facilitators will visit each group to check on progress and to act as sounding boards for ideas.

To do this, you will work in small group clusters. You will be asked to think about how to story the journey of the movements that are part of your cluster. What are the critical turning moments from the past, the present, and possibly the future?

  1. Brainstorm critical moments/incidents that are part of the struggle or your movement. These might be from individuals in particular movements – so you might have 3 different moments from different campaigns/or moments that are part of your struggle.
  2. If these were signposts on a map – what would the map or landscape? What would it look like (through an image or metaphor)?
  3. Using narration, song, sound, and images or tableaus, construct a story. Avoid thinking in numbers, facts, statistics – tell the human story behind the struggle.

We have 60 minutes for this task

You will have 5 –10 minutes to enact a play or tell a story about your movements/organisations, which will be followed by audience reflections and a wrap up from the facilitator.

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