1. A lot of the older people and especially the men suffering from Parkinson’s have withdrawn from their involvement with the community because of this mental and physically debilitating disease. My father used to sing in the church choir as did other members suffering from Parkinson’s but ceased due the difficulty of mobility caused by no longer being able to drive or to mount stairs thus not only losing their singing voice, a symptom of Parkinson’s but also the interaction with others in a social activity they enjoyed. So I want to address similar issues for other and seek possible solutions.
    Through the practice of forum theatre and theatrical exercises associated with projection for performance as opposed to speech therapy I hope to convince the group that what I propose developing with them will give them an opportunity to physically voice their opinion and deal with their daily oppressions society isn’t necessarily aware of. The main objective at this stage is to open up dialogue to explore and discuss issues of ‘Parkinson’s dis-ease within the community’ and to facilitate giving voice and visibility to people’s concerns and experience.

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  2. OTHER SPACES (also known by the Finnish title Toisissa tiloissa) is a Helsinki based performing arts collective. Founded in 2004, the group consists of around artists from several fields of arts.
    I continuous training
    II exercise as a mode of performance
    III metamorphosis as the leitmotif of exercises.
    OTHER SPACES invents and develops collective physical exercises through which people can enter in contact with modes of experience and being other than human. The aim of the group is to change together. The group performs its exercises regularly in public practical demonstrations and organizes workshops, Secret Retraining Camps.
    Other Spaces' aim is to change together. It implements the dream of [an] equal, justified form of performance. By that it reduces the planetary fear and grants the hope to survive...Other Spaces' activities have become more political and ecological during their seven year existence. Being with the audience has developed and the performances are increasingly participatory. Members of the collective come from various fields of arts, including choreographers, theatre directors, documentary makers, actors, painters, writers, dreamers and many other everyday experts

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The Non Prophet Organisation

john farragher

The Non Prophet Organisation & The Non Prophet Festival is a gathering of local and international performance artists, theatre and filmmakers collectively considered as “artivists” – Public entertainers who are social activists, concerned about the socio-economic…

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The Non Prophet Organisation & The Non Prophet Festival is a gathering of local and international performance artists, theatre and filmmakers collectively considered as “artivists” – Public entertainers who are social activists, concerned about the socio-economic welfare of the earth’s natural and human resources. The projects we envisage creating consist of devised collaborations in a community context that challenge the notion of success and well-being that mainstream media and the leisure industry propose.

Mainstream entertainment created and consumed without question has perpetuated its social place within modern capitalism while the alternative means of entertainment offered by this festival seeks to transform our concept of entertainment and ourselves. That is to say, the festival performances partake of a philosophical and political critique of the illusion of mainstream entertainment and our willing self-delusion.

The objective of The Non Prophet Organisation and Festival is to contextualise the ideological, political and historical background of alternative entertainment as social practice. By analysing the creative process alongside live and virtual performances of mainstream and alternative forms of entertainment as social activism we will compare and contrast the cultural and ethical values proposed by both.

The goal of artivism and The Non Prophet Festival is inclusivity and therefore we entertain all social groups and cultural practices that define humanity. We aim to revolutionise through collaborative devising and performance techniques the latent potentiality of dramatic and non-dramatic practices as a means of political and social engagement through the arts on a local and global level. Each project will begin with a real social issue or situation in a specific place and through a process of exploration be developed into a performance piece.

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