The Art of Resistance
Have you ever wondered how revolutions start? Does it sound weird to you that art can be the real leader of a movement? Or, again, are you an artist wanting to change the world? During this course, drawing on disparate artistic techniques from circus to music, poetry to painting, we will try to understand how art and creativity can become a vehicle for political action. Each lesson revolves around a revolutionary Romani artist, such as the Lions of Breda Solini, Theresa Seibel, Helios Gomez, Cejia Stojka, Bronislawa Wajs and Raymond Gureme, and the ultimate goal will be to create an artistic production focused on the concept of “resistance”, to perform during the last day. Each lesson will be divided into 30 minutes of theory and 60 minutes of activity focused around creating our own performance (no previous artistic skills needed). In the first lesson, we’ll discuss the concept of resistance in the history of art, as well as the day’s artist, and get to know each other through various theatre techniques. For the second lesson, we’ll view the dance styles of Romani women, and for the third, we’ll discuss the visual arts and their role in street culture. In the fourth lesson, we’ll discuss art born from the repression of fascism and the role of art in transforming ‘bloody tears into pearls’. In the fifth lesson, we’ll see how music guided revolutionary movements, and in the last lesson, we’ll look at the art and feminism of modern circuses. At the end, we’ll take our performance on stage!
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