A WOMAN'S PLACE: A JOURNEY THROUGH MISOGYNY - AN EXPLORATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE EFFICACY OF DRAMATIC MOVEMENT/PHYSICAL THEATRE AS A PEDAGOGICAL TOOL OF TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING
Emilia Djiapouras, Christopher Herriot
Pages: 340-353 Published: 31 Aug 2017
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Abstract: This paper conveys the effectiveness of expressive methodologies (dramatic movement/physical theatre) as a conduit for social learning. The audience/readers are encouraged to analyse the projected learning outcomes of a featured performance, achieving gender solidarity and an acute awareness of sexism/misogyny. The participants engaged in the performance personify the coercive conduct that the victim faces, holding her hostage to her emotional turmoil. This struggle ascends into an emotional climax as the young woman is empowered by interventions that give her a voice. She becomes powerful after being led to believe she is powerless. The audience observe an environment that allows them to discover the liberating effects of self-expression, identity and belonging. This paper outlines the effectiveness of physical theatre as a means to support, encourage and empower victims of domestic violence. It focuses on physical theatre as a tool for awareness-building, educating young people and professionals to develop a critical consciousness, promoting social change.