Thursday, May 7, 2009

The 20th Century Thespian

Augusto Boal (1931 - 2009)

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Braziliantheatre director and founder of the "Theatre of the Oppressed" (TO),Augusto Boal. In the early hours of May 2, 2009, the world experiencedthe passing of a visionary theatre artist, activist and educator.

Boal's passionately theatrical spirit and his uncompromisingcommitment to human rights, combined with an infectious sense of play,spread the ideas and practice of TO around the world.

Boal leaves a rich legacy of innovation in theatre and socialactivism, books, articles, and inspired hearts and minds. As ChrisVine, a friend and colleague from NY wrote upon hearing this sad news,"...we are all grateful for the lives Boal had touched, inspired andlinked together artistically, politically and personally, transcendingtime and distance."

To me, personally, he was an inspiration, a mentor, a colleague and abeloved friend. No more fiery emails back and forth, Augusto? This isso hard to contemplate. You will always be a welcome "Cop in my Head".Thank you for so much.

Messages have been posted on the International Theatre of theOppressed (ITO) website from Adrian Jackson, a TO practitioner andtranslator of Boal's books, andBárbara Santos, on behalf of the Centre of the Theatre of theOppressed (CTO) Rio. Access Bárbara's message by clicking on the imageof Boal in the upper right of the home page. A condolences registry,where you can leave your thoughts, is available by clicking inside the"interventionsw link of Adrian's message.

On behalf of all of us at Headlines, our condolences to the Boalfamily, CTO Rio, the global TO community, and all. Boal touched thelives of so many.

David Diamond Artistic Director, Headlines Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada Headlines Theatre323 - 350 East 2nd AveVancouver British Columbia V5T 4R8Canada

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