ITLP in Rwanda 2011
2011 brought a new partnership for ITLP in Rwanda, with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a progressive residential community for children orphaned by the 1994 genocide. The school and participating students welcomed the ITLP team with open arms.
“Before ITLP, I never knew we could make something from nothing. At first I thought it would be hard, because we were playing games, but in the end, we have a great play.” (ASYV student)
Teaching artists Didi Goldenhar, Jennifer Fawcett, and Sean Lewis spent three weeks in Rwanda at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village.
The ITLP team worked with twenty-five teenagers to create We Stood Up, an original play with music about a young woman’s journey across Rwanda in search of her father. The play premiered at the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali, alongside professional companies from Uganda, Burundi, Sweden and the Middle East. The ASYV students have since been asked to perform We Stood Up at the University of Rwanda and the Kina Festival, a theatre festival for youth.
For ASYV students, building a play from their personal experience was transformative, allowing their ideas and opinions to be heard and embraced by their Rwandan community. As one ASYV teacher reflected,
“ITLP explained, deeply, how theater is related to our daily lives. I have taken many notes on your strategies which I will share with my colleagues. Because of writing, we are creating an archive of what happened in our country.”
See photos of our 2011 workshops.
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