The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Part 2: The Conspiracy of Silence

“When survivors first arrived,” said psychiatrist Andrei Novac, himself the child of Holocaust survivors, “they didn’t want to talk about it. When they did want to talk, therapists didn’t want to listen.” At the February symposium on Inheriting Genocide and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, he called this the Conspiracy of Silence. The conspiracy certainly […]

The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma – Part 1

Diane Leffer’s account of the Inheriting Genocide symposium will be published on the ImaginAction website in five parts every month. In 2015, Hector and I produced Second Chances, a play inspired by Theater of Witness techniques. Torture survivors portrayed themselves and their own stories onstage alongside family members of survivors—spouse, children—who had also been affected […]

Lifeboats – A theatre game

Lifeboats Type Activation You need Nothing Duration 10 min.   The participants fill the space in silence, walking quickly. The joker says “Lifeboats of 4,” and the participants must form groups of four, interlacing their arms and excluding those who exceed the number four or searching for new people when they are too few. Then […]

The 12 Techniques of Newspaper Theatre

This 12 techniques of Newspaper Theatre are a all ways that Augusto Boal suggested to transform non dramatic text into performance (Newspapers, documents, the bible, etc.) as a group of actors and non-actors. Newspaper Theatre was born as manifesto of Arena Theater of Sao Paulo it has in short time numerous groups of non actors […]