Image Theatre

A liberatory practice for “making thought visible”

Authored by: Alexander Santiago-Jirau , S. Leigh Thompson

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
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Image Theatre (IT) is one of the core practices in the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO). Boal describes IT as a theatrical language that lets participants use their bodies to take on the role of subject within the aesthetic space and to discuss oppressions that affect them, thereby furthering the spectator’s “transition from passivity to action” that is the main goal of Poetics of the Oppressed. 1

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