The Joker Tsunami – A Report from the Frontline on the Theatre of the Oppressed in the Ukraine Demonstrations
TALK AND Q&A WITH HJALMAR JORGE JOFFRE-EICHHORN, CHAIRED BY ADRIAN JACKSON
FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2014, 7PM
Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (Germany/Bolivia) is an activist, Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre practitioner who has worked extensively in Afghanistan and other conflict zones.
At the end of January, he put out a call for experienced Jokers to join him in Ukraine in what he and his Ukrainian activist friends called a Joker Tsunami, working with a number of groups engaged in the current wave of demonstrations, to use Theatre of the Oppressed to explore and address issues thrown up by this outpouring of popular feeling.
Six experienced Jokers from all around the world joined him, working in multiple Ukrainian cities over a long week; a number of other jokers round the world watched and offered solidarity in various forms. The work had just been completed a few days ago, when the government and others unleashed unprecedented violence against demonstrators and police, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries.
Hjalmar is here to participate in Cardboard Citizens Forum Theatre training week. To follow on from the recent talk by Chen Alon, of Combatants for Peace, we are grasping this opportunity to hear Hjalmar describe and discuss this recent brave application of the Theatre of the Oppressed in an extremely volatile and critical situation.