It's been a while we haven't been in touch. How have you been? Winter has passed and Spring has come. We have written a few reports from the Board on the website which you may read from here: What's New From the Board
The shock of new authority rising and affecting the world since January hasn't stopped us from being the human rights defenders as Playbackers. A lot of us have been connecting through Facebook and sharing wonderful projects and news. We often ask why are we running a website? Because we want to provide a central hub for all these amazing things that we have done to be documented. A one-stop archive if you may.
Since Simon has left us last September, the IPTN Jounal has taken on a new journey - we now have Brian Tasker as the main coordinator to liase with regional editors, soliciting more articles from different regions in their own languages. You may or may not have noticed - that we have also announced before that we won't be printing the Journal anymore. We will, however, select featured articles once a year and put into a PDF format for those who prefer to print and read offline. Featured articles in different languages will be publised on our website periodically. If you read something that you would like to help translate, please contact us.
It's been 40 years since Playback Theatre was conceived and it's really important for us to help write the history and keep a documentation of the practice of this form that we love. Jo Salas, one of the members of the founding company, has also recently just started her own independent blog: Playback Theatre Reflects for thoughtful writing about Playback Theatre by practitioners and researchers. So do check it out and support different kinds of mutual exchange to strenghten our practice.
This eNews also brings to you a few articles that we have published since October. From the sharing of one of the oldest Playback Theatre Companies to the newly trained Playbackers, we also have different articles on the reflection on our work. Simply click on the green heading to read the full article.
The Board is going to meet in the European Playback Theatre Gathering in Budapest from 18-25 April. And it is then and there we shall announce the next international conference hosting country. We will, of course, keep you posted.
As for myself, after serving the Board for four years, I have decided to step down. The selection of the new president will happen at the Budapest Board meeting and we shall announce it on Facebook and our website at the same time.
I would love to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the Network and your Playback work that has helped change this world to a better place. The democracy battle that I am in right now here in Hong Kong is not looking good. As more and more segregation is being encouraged by the higher authority, it's up to us to resist and stay true to ourselves. As the Hong Kong saying goes, "江湖見!" ("See you in Gong Wu" means "See you out there, in the world.") Just like everything else, I believe that: This, too, shall pass. Stay strong and let's watch!
Michele (Hong Kong)