Spontaneous Theatre Company day for teachers SaludArte Early Childhood Education and Elementary School and Lyceum Elbio Fernández
The cast of the SaludArte Foundation is ready on stage that has been assembled in the auditorium of the School and Lyceum Elbio Fernández. Before you start acting, its members do stretching the rhythm of guitar chords. The teachers talk to each other, animated forBack to be to start a new school year, while enjoying some pastries and coffee.
The six artists and the director look white shirts and black trousers, a not very flashy clothes as during the Spontaneous Theater called “Educate Pintó” go inserting and removing wigs, hats, noses and other items of clothing. It is only a matter of time, everyone is waiting with anticipation and curiosity the start of the activity.
Maybe you’re wondering what the Spontaneous Theater. Well, the answer is simple, in practice it is a beautiful thing. It is a one-pedagogical artistic, playful, motivating, cross, sensitizer and participatory approach involving all present. Yes, and you hear it: the idea is that the public share with each other and with the cast situations, experiences, feelings and sensations of educational practice to see them represented on stage through improvisation. This leads to a very special synergy with the audience.
The work is about to begin and members of SaludArte join hands in a circle, by way of a ritual for luck before the presentation. They talk quietly together as a way of giving and receiving good energy before a performance, raise their hands in the air and move the fingers. They are ready, group creative process can begin.
Motivation is a vital factor in teaching. However, the confusion to a new socio-school context that often destabilizes the professional identity and makes teachers can feel unmotivated or lack of resources to cope with challenging situations that are presented in the educational task.
Through the work “Pintó Education” seeks to illuminate sensibilizare emotional and relational aspects involved in the practice of teaching. The attitude and motivation of teachers are critical to building a positive educational relationship.
Laura, director of Initial and Primary Education, welcomed the participants and smiling says he does not know what will happen. One of the actors, looking mischievously tells teachers that apronten for something very good. All they laugh at the comment, but do not really know what will happen. Rasia, director of SaludArte, introduces the foundation and its Spontaneous Theater Company. Explains the methodology they will use and stresses the importance of teaching practice, which requires teachers / as a high dose of creativity to meet the challenges they face daily.
And that is exactly what SaludArte aims to “educate Pintó” act and from the daily reality of teachers to transform creatively with their active participation in the theatrical event.
time for teachers to share their stories has come. Bruno, musician company invites to turn to sit up front those teachers who are at the bottom, and tells them, like a teacher talking to her students, “ahhh, they want to sit in the back to relax” all they laugh fun while moving van in front of the enclosure. In the school walls there are posters with motivational phrases like: “The spirit of the child is not a pitcher that the educator has to fill, but a torch that should light”. Inspire, that this activity is.
Teachers are ready, now it’s time to stretch and pull the body laziness and timidity. “Rhythmic Eco” says Bruno, and begins to clap. The teachers followed the pace, getting faster and complex. When the teachers are wrong funny laugh. It has changed the exercise, all the fingers flicking are the musician leads him and chanted a song that just invented “They start classes and I’m refeliz” “ohh ohh ohh”. Darius, one of the actors, now heads the teachers, singing “ShicaúShicaúShicaShicaShicaú” teachers entertaining repeat it, the actor says, now we repeat singing as if we dream, and all slumbering say the phrase, heat, cold, with joy, and so is changing moods while still chanting “ShicaúShicaú”. All had fun with this way of breaking the ice. The public chorea everything proposed to them now to move the hip and go down, etc. Then all sit; The theater performance will begin! Among the songs and stretches the room is filled with laughter educators have been encouraged to move away from conventional behavior and body gestures, allowing for a while other forms of expression and communication.
The actors accompanied by live music make as if they were a radio dial that is changing. Suddenly he stops at the petisos radio announcing that no calls on the line. The director sounds his pin, a small musical instrument plastic and metal when struck with a wooden stick makes a clink. It is used by it to mark the times of the work.
Now a voice is heard informative style; the announcer says the classes are about to start, the dial changes again and the voice of a football announcer talking about what happens in a class and hear the teacher says have brought a yellow card. A radio can not be complete without shopping, so they are offered to the listeners sitting there moñas blue combining with students. The laughter of the audience will not wait, teachers have fun in a big way with performances of Darius, Virginia, Germán, Javier and Ioel.
To illustrate the methodology of Spontaneous Theater, the actors begin to tell their stories relating to educational issues. They have a personal experience they had with their teachers or teachers in their capacity, since German and Virginia are also dedicated to teaching. Each in turn account when they finish their experiences and others interpret the scene by a free and spontaneous creation.
Now it’s time for the teachers to tell their stories. Following the slogan of the principal, first told by the person they have at their side. There are some that look fun remembering some mischief done by his students, others are thoughtful and with a straight face, because in early childhood education and first everything is joy, there is also sad and complex stories.
The public speaking to each other animatedly, but their stories are not confined between them, the proposal is to share them with everyone else for artists to recreate scenically. Andrea is the first teacher who encouraged to speak. After telling the story, the actors are prepared standing wigs, dresses, finally, the clothing necessary to perform the work. Meanwhile, Bruno began playing the guitar and singing themes related to the history that soon will be interpreted. Rasia sounds the pin, the public already knows that this indicates the beginning of the scene. The representation has a strong base in the group, creativity and educational experiences of educators who can not stop laughing at her reality interpreted from the perspective of the absurd. Andrea, laughing, nods while states with conviction “If, as is, and was.” Again, the pin marks the end of the representation.
Mercedes tells another story. This time the work is called, by choice of the public, “Torres Garcia died.” For this interpretation of the master takes the stage to join the cast. This time is Patricia who is encouraged. The actors will put a wig, will have to play the role of a student with Dario and Javier, while Virginia and will make Ioel teachers. To place ourselves in the scene have to think about a computer class at the end of the year, with teachers and tired. The theme of the day is Kandinsky. One of the students, in this case played by Darius says “teacher … is that Joaquin”, and Virginia, who plays the teacher, berates “no Joaquín, no … it’s Kandinsky” And so the scene between the spiel giving the child the teachers on the subject of Joaquín, until one of them calls out “Joaquin Torres Garcia died, he died.” In the background, Javier, who plays another student, is quiet and content until he gets up and says “I can not anymore, I can not and runs”. Darius tells the teacher what happened: Joaquín wanted to go to the bathroom and stayed there without paper. The teachers laugh out loud with the staging, want more films like this in their daily lives.
If education is to prepare for freedom, so that every human being can be who and how you want to be, the theater is a powerful tool to achieve this. The sense of humor, in close connection with critical thinking, is a human quality that needs to be developed if we educate ourselves and in the best sense of the word. The theater recognizes us as protagonists of our own lives, as teachers and learners at the same time.
The work we just created collectively reminds us that we all have infinite latent possibilities, including some that at first we may be strange, but they allow us to cultivate and enrich.
The theatrical language allows teachers to symbolize and explore their own stories from other perspectives. Finally Rasia invites them to say a word or a brief message to start the year. Some of them were:
With these words and phrases ended “Pintó Educar”. The educators said they felt more relaxed and motivated to start the new school year. Beyond the cathartic effect of humor, the meeting reflected an ethical position regarding educational practices, values and the teaching vocation that prioritizes the desire, commitment and pleasure to teach.
Montevideo, February 5, 2014
Spontaneous Theatre Company SaludArte
Virginia Arzuaga, Yoel Bethania da Costa, Dario Sellanes, Javier Martinez, Germán Weinberg,
Agustina Escardó and Paola Katz.