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7 Jul 2015

Train The Trainers

Ariane Ehinger
Chairwoman of the School of Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.

 

Every year, in Spring, Jonathan Fox comes to the German-speaking region in order to train the graduates of Playback Theatre – to teach us how to teach. The course Train the Trainers is one of the components for qualifying graduates to be able to teach at the School of PTN - Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.  This year it took place in Berlin.
Train The Trainers is organized and prepared with content related to core themes by SchOG – the School-Organization Group.

 

This year these core themes were:

 

Feedback practice, with special focus on role training.

 

Collaboration on stage. Teaching acting and finding the balance between building critical awareness and engendering joy and creative excitement.

 

Building atmosphere. Learning techniques of connection and inclusion.

 

Pedagogical Ethics, especially around issues of stimulus vs.containment, respect vs. fairness.

 

Furthermore, SchOG supplied information about the Summer School courses in Germerode this year as well as about the scheduling of courses the following year.

 

Last, but not least, Train The Trainers contains a precious exchange between Playbackers coming from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and we have a nice time together as well in between the courses. This communication is the basis for creating tandems, which makes up one of the peculiarities of the German Speaking School.
 

Tandem means that every course is directed by a pair of trainers. A new trainer, starting his or her career, will always be placed in a tandem, together with  an experienced trainer.

 

A colour photo of many men and women in a group opening their arms, doing gestures of movement and two thumbs up.

 

(The article below is available in English. Please click here for the English version.)

 

Deutsch

Zurück zu den Wurzeln

Andrea Schulze
IPTN Reg. Rep. German Language Countries

 

Jonathan Fox war im Mai vierzehn Tage in Deutschland, um seine Erfahrungen aus 40 Jahren Playback-Theater Praxis weiterzugeben. „Zurück zu den Wurzeln“ war der Titel eines Workshops, den er für Spieler der Berliner Playbacktheatergruppen gab. Drei Tage voller Inspiration.
Der Veranstaltungsort war in Berlin Kreuzberg. Multikulturelles Leben auf den Straßen, Menschen mit reichen Biografien und Erfahrungen von Umbrüchen. Uns begleiteten Themen um das Schicksal von Flüchtlingen, Umbrüche durch Verlust von Heimat, Krankheit und Tod.
Während des Workshops vermittelte Jonathan seine übergreifende Theorie der „Narrativen Vernetzung“. Kern seiner Idee ist, dass Playback-Theater die menschliche Kommunikation durch verkörperte Geschichten ermöglicht und sieben ineinandergreifende Fähigkeiten den Fluss der Geschichten so befördern können, dass innerhalb von Gruppen Weisheit und Verbindung ermöglicht wird: Zusammenarbeit, Spontaneität, Verkörperung, der Sinn für Geschichten, Milieu, Atmosphäre und Leitung. Jonathan lässt uns die einzelnen Ebenen durch praktische Übungen entdecken.
Wir experimentieren und machen eigene Erfahrungen, die wir in kleinen und großen Runden reflektieren und im Playbackauditorium teilen. Zuerst das Erproben von Spontaneität. Im Losgehen auf den eigenen Impuls vertrauen und ihn verstärken. Wir achteten beim Spiel auf Bühnenpräsenz mit Ausdruckskraft und Energie und verstärkten das Zusammenwirken. Wir tauschten fokussierende und erzählende Spielformen der Gruppen aus. Wir entwickelten anregende Begrüßungsrituale, um die Playbacktheater-Zeremonie zu eröffnen und dabei eine Atmosphäre des Vertrauens zu erschaffen. Wir suchten das Publikum für Themen und Geschichten aufzuschließen, indem wir kurz und bildhaft erzählten. Wir suchten als Conductor, das Herz der Geschichte zu erfassen und bildhaft zu formulieren. Eine wesentliche Erfahrung bei all den sich verbindenden Ebenen war für mich und die Teilnehmer: „Weniger ist mehr!“ Eine Frage, ein Spielimpuls, der Kern der Geschichte ist wertvoll.
Jonathans Art zu unterrichten ist sehr klar und gleichzeitig großzügig offen. Er vermittelt keine strikten Regeln, sondern gibt Anstöße zu wesentlichen Prinzipien des Playbacktheaters, dessen Ausformungen vielfältig sein können. Das führte uns Jonathan mit einer Dia-Reise durch die Welt des Playback vor Augen, die Vielfalt der Länder, Milieus, Themen und Praktiken.
Der Prozess des Seminars führte mich weg von dem Bestreben, bestimmte feste Regeln einzuhalten und mehr dahin, der eigenen inneren Stimme zu trauen und zu spüren, was für die Situation stimmig ist. Die Einhaltung des Rituals eröffnet den Weg zu Ruhe und Intuition. Erstrebenswert ist eine Balance zwischen Geben und Nehmen. Wir verabschiedeten uns mit einem intensiven Gefühl der Liebe, Versöhnung und Wertschätzung gegenüber dem Playbacktheater.

 

English

Back to the Roots

Andrea Schulze
IPTN Reg. Rep. German Language Countries

 

In May, Jonathan Fox spent two weeks in Germany in order to share his experience of 40 years of Playback Theatre practice.
Back to the Roots was the title of the workshop in Berlin especially for the Berlin Playbackers. These three days were full of inspiration. Kreuzberg was the location – multicultural life in the streets, people with rich biographies and experiences, including upheavals. Themes including the bitter fate of refugees, upheavals due to the loss of home, disease and death came up.
During the workshop Jonathan introduced his grand theory of Narrative Reticulation. The heart of his idea is that Playback Theatre stimulates communication through the medium of embodied stories and that there are seven interlocking skill sets which stimulate the flow of stories, whereby wisdom and connection are enabled:
Collaboration, spontaneity, embodiment, story sense, milieu, atmosphere and guidance.
Jonathan afforded us the opportunity to discover these layers through specific practice. We reflected the experiment and the experience we gained in small, then larger groups and subsequently shared within the entire group.
At first we worked with spontaneity. To trust in the proper impulse and to intensify it. Through playing we became conscious of presence with expressive power and a high level of energy and  we therefore enhanced collaboration. We shared methods of focussing and narrative forms of the different companies. We developed inspiring rituals of welcoming for the purpose of opening up the Playback Theatre ceremony and thereby create an atmosphere of confidence. We tried to open up the audience for issues and stories by telling briefly and metaphorically. As conductors we tried to catch the heart of the story and to structure it pictorially. An essential understanding at all the connecting levels for me, as well as for other participants, was: Less is more!  A question, an impulse for playing, the essence of the story – all that is precious.
Jonathan’s way of teaching is very clear and generously open at the same time. He doesn’t advocate strict rules, but provides the impetus to understand the substantial principles of Playback Theatre – implementation can be various. This peculiarity was demonstrated by Jonathan presenting a slide-show navigating through the world of Playback, the diversity of countries, milieus, topics and practice.
The process of this seminar guided me away from the attempt to stick to certain fixed rules and toward trusting my own inner voice and feeling what would be coherent for the situation at any given moment. Adhering to the ritual opens the path to calmness and intuition. Desirable is a balance between - to give and to receive.
We said good bye having experienced an intense feeling of love, reconciliation and a deep appreciation and respect of Playback Theatre.

 

2 Comments

  • Jürgen Schoo : Just to add some information: This was the first workshop with members of 7 different playback companies in Berlin. In German language area we have a yearly conference. in 2013 we organized this in Berlin. Normally members of organizing company would attend conference for free. In Berlin, all 7 playback companies were involved with organization. To keep the fee for all participants low, we decided that everybody, even organizers, would pay full price. In the end we still had left over a little bit on money. And we decided to use this money to support 2 workshops in Berlin area, this one with Jonathan and another one with Paulien Haakma in September.
  • 7 Jul 2015
  • Michele CHUNG : That's great, Juergen! I think this kind of connection and peer support is what we need in the community.
  • 7 Jul 2015

 

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Reports from Training at School of Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.

7 Jul 2015

Train The Trainers

Ariane Ehinger
Chairwoman of the School of Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.

 

Every year, in Spring, Jonathan Fox comes to the German-speaking region in order to train the graduates of Playback Theatre – to teach us how to teach. The course Train the Trainers is one of the components for qualifying graduates to be able to teach at the School of PTN - Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.  This year it took place in Berlin.
Train The Trainers is organized and prepared with content related to core themes by SchOG – the School-Organization Group.

 

This year these core themes were:

 

Feedback practice, with special focus on role training.

 

Collaboration on stage. Teaching acting and finding the balance between building critical awareness and engendering joy and creative excitement.

 

Building atmosphere. Learning techniques of connection and inclusion.

 

Pedagogical Ethics, especially around issues of stimulus vs.containment, respect vs. fairness.

 

Furthermore, SchOG supplied information about the Summer School courses in Germerode this year as well as about the scheduling of courses the following year.

 

Last, but not least, Train The Trainers contains a precious exchange between Playbackers coming from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and we have a nice time together as well in between the courses. This communication is the basis for creating tandems, which makes up one of the peculiarities of the German Speaking School.
 

Tandem means that every course is directed by a pair of trainers. A new trainer, starting his or her career, will always be placed in a tandem, together with  an experienced trainer.

 

A colour photo of many men and women in a group opening their arms, doing gestures of movement and two thumbs up.

 

(The article below is available in English. Please click here for the English version.)

 

Deutsch

Zurück zu den Wurzeln

Andrea Schulze
IPTN Reg. Rep. German Language Countries

 

Jonathan Fox war im Mai vierzehn Tage in Deutschland, um seine Erfahrungen aus 40 Jahren Playback-Theater Praxis weiterzugeben. „Zurück zu den Wurzeln“ war der Titel eines Workshops, den er für Spieler der Berliner Playbacktheatergruppen gab. Drei Tage voller Inspiration.
Der Veranstaltungsort war in Berlin Kreuzberg. Multikulturelles Leben auf den Straßen, Menschen mit reichen Biografien und Erfahrungen von Umbrüchen. Uns begleiteten Themen um das Schicksal von Flüchtlingen, Umbrüche durch Verlust von Heimat, Krankheit und Tod.
Während des Workshops vermittelte Jonathan seine übergreifende Theorie der „Narrativen Vernetzung“. Kern seiner Idee ist, dass Playback-Theater die menschliche Kommunikation durch verkörperte Geschichten ermöglicht und sieben ineinandergreifende Fähigkeiten den Fluss der Geschichten so befördern können, dass innerhalb von Gruppen Weisheit und Verbindung ermöglicht wird: Zusammenarbeit, Spontaneität, Verkörperung, der Sinn für Geschichten, Milieu, Atmosphäre und Leitung. Jonathan lässt uns die einzelnen Ebenen durch praktische Übungen entdecken.
Wir experimentieren und machen eigene Erfahrungen, die wir in kleinen und großen Runden reflektieren und im Playbackauditorium teilen. Zuerst das Erproben von Spontaneität. Im Losgehen auf den eigenen Impuls vertrauen und ihn verstärken. Wir achteten beim Spiel auf Bühnenpräsenz mit Ausdruckskraft und Energie und verstärkten das Zusammenwirken. Wir tauschten fokussierende und erzählende Spielformen der Gruppen aus. Wir entwickelten anregende Begrüßungsrituale, um die Playbacktheater-Zeremonie zu eröffnen und dabei eine Atmosphäre des Vertrauens zu erschaffen. Wir suchten das Publikum für Themen und Geschichten aufzuschließen, indem wir kurz und bildhaft erzählten. Wir suchten als Conductor, das Herz der Geschichte zu erfassen und bildhaft zu formulieren. Eine wesentliche Erfahrung bei all den sich verbindenden Ebenen war für mich und die Teilnehmer: „Weniger ist mehr!“ Eine Frage, ein Spielimpuls, der Kern der Geschichte ist wertvoll.
Jonathans Art zu unterrichten ist sehr klar und gleichzeitig großzügig offen. Er vermittelt keine strikten Regeln, sondern gibt Anstöße zu wesentlichen Prinzipien des Playbacktheaters, dessen Ausformungen vielfältig sein können. Das führte uns Jonathan mit einer Dia-Reise durch die Welt des Playback vor Augen, die Vielfalt der Länder, Milieus, Themen und Praktiken.
Der Prozess des Seminars führte mich weg von dem Bestreben, bestimmte feste Regeln einzuhalten und mehr dahin, der eigenen inneren Stimme zu trauen und zu spüren, was für die Situation stimmig ist. Die Einhaltung des Rituals eröffnet den Weg zu Ruhe und Intuition. Erstrebenswert ist eine Balance zwischen Geben und Nehmen. Wir verabschiedeten uns mit einem intensiven Gefühl der Liebe, Versöhnung und Wertschätzung gegenüber dem Playbacktheater.

 

English

Back to the Roots

Andrea Schulze
IPTN Reg. Rep. German Language Countries

 

In May, Jonathan Fox spent two weeks in Germany in order to share his experience of 40 years of Playback Theatre practice.
Back to the Roots was the title of the workshop in Berlin especially for the Berlin Playbackers. These three days were full of inspiration. Kreuzberg was the location – multicultural life in the streets, people with rich biographies and experiences, including upheavals. Themes including the bitter fate of refugees, upheavals due to the loss of home, disease and death came up.
During the workshop Jonathan introduced his grand theory of Narrative Reticulation. The heart of his idea is that Playback Theatre stimulates communication through the medium of embodied stories and that there are seven interlocking skill sets which stimulate the flow of stories, whereby wisdom and connection are enabled:
Collaboration, spontaneity, embodiment, story sense, milieu, atmosphere and guidance.
Jonathan afforded us the opportunity to discover these layers through specific practice. We reflected the experiment and the experience we gained in small, then larger groups and subsequently shared within the entire group.
At first we worked with spontaneity. To trust in the proper impulse and to intensify it. Through playing we became conscious of presence with expressive power and a high level of energy and  we therefore enhanced collaboration. We shared methods of focussing and narrative forms of the different companies. We developed inspiring rituals of welcoming for the purpose of opening up the Playback Theatre ceremony and thereby create an atmosphere of confidence. We tried to open up the audience for issues and stories by telling briefly and metaphorically. As conductors we tried to catch the heart of the story and to structure it pictorially. An essential understanding at all the connecting levels for me, as well as for other participants, was: Less is more!  A question, an impulse for playing, the essence of the story – all that is precious.
Jonathan’s way of teaching is very clear and generously open at the same time. He doesn’t advocate strict rules, but provides the impetus to understand the substantial principles of Playback Theatre – implementation can be various. This peculiarity was demonstrated by Jonathan presenting a slide-show navigating through the world of Playback, the diversity of countries, milieus, topics and practice.
The process of this seminar guided me away from the attempt to stick to certain fixed rules and toward trusting my own inner voice and feeling what would be coherent for the situation at any given moment. Adhering to the ritual opens the path to calmness and intuition. Desirable is a balance between - to give and to receive.
We said good bye having experienced an intense feeling of love, reconciliation and a deep appreciation and respect of Playback Theatre.

 

2 Comments

  • Jürgen Schoo : Just to add some information: This was the first workshop with members of 7 different playback companies in Berlin. In German language area we have a yearly conference. in 2013 we organized this in Berlin. Normally members of organizing company would attend conference for free. In Berlin, all 7 playback companies were involved with organization. To keep the fee for all participants low, we decided that everybody, even organizers, would pay full price. In the end we still had left over a little bit on money. And we decided to use this money to support 2 workshops in Berlin area, this one with Jonathan and another one with Paulien Haakma in September.
  • 7 Jul 2015
  • Michele CHUNG : That's great, Juergen! I think this kind of connection and peer support is what we need in the community.
  • 7 Jul 2015

 

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Ariane Ehinger & Andrea Schulze