People dancing and playing aht the Theatre of the Oppressed, 10.09.2017 in Dresden, Foto: O. Killig

"Theatre of the Oppressed" by Ramshid Rashidpour, Iran

In "Theatre of the Oppressed", Iranian Ramshid Rashidpour aimed to raise political awareness and combine it with a liberating educational function. The destination of the theatrical journey taken by the Iranian-German cast was not fixed, as the plot development and dialogue were largely determined by the audience. Only one thing was certain: "Theatre of the Oppressed" merged democratic processes and shared ideas and solutions to create a promising entertainment format.

Impressions of the evening

About the Initiator

Ramshid Rashidpour, Foto: ifa/Kuhnle

Ramshid Rashidpour grew up in an Iranian artist family. Ever since she was born, she is inspired by music, paintings, handwork design and theatre. The graduate environmental scientist completed her CCP internship at the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) in Berlin in 2015. As a specialist for environmental topics with artistic roots, she has always been fascinated by the idea of interlacing education, art, culture and environmental issues. As a result, she chose the format 'Theater of the Oppressed' as an interactive method for sustainable education and entertainment. 'Through the use of promising theatrical techniques, viewers begin to discover, show, analyze or even transform the reality in which they live,' explains Ramshid Rashidpour.

"Theatre of the Oppressed" took place: 10 September 2017, 3.00 pm at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden.

In Cooperation with

Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Following an eventful history – in the 1930s it served as a military camp; later the Soviet army used it as barracks – in the 1990s the site was brought back to life through art. HELLERAU has since become one of the most important interdisciplinary centres for contemporary arts in Germany. It is home to contemporary dance, musical theatre, contemporary classical music, theatre, performance art, the fine arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture. The internationally renowned Forsythe Company had been the company in residence here since 2005. Since Jacopo Godani took over as artistic director in the summer of 2015, and the company was reformed as the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, this successful cooperative arrangement has continued. Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round. Along with its partner organisations on the grounds the European Centre for the Arts has been working on creating an 'arts workspace' in HELLERAU. This is a place where people experiment with art, test out art, present art. In all these enterprises, contemporary dance has top priority.