Saturday, March 27, 2021

January , February in Review & World Theatre Day !


Jean Cocteau
credits: Jean Cocteau official site

“This has been such a very difficult time for live performance and many artists, technicians and craftsmen and women have struggled in a profession that is already fraught with insecurity. 

Maybe that always present insecurity has made them more able to survive this pandemic with wit and courage. 

Their imagination has already translated itself, in these new circumstances, into inventive, entertaining and moving ways to communicate, thanks of course in large part to the internet."

Helen Mirren, message 2021

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. 

The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau the French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic in 1962. 

Various national and international theatre events usually organized to mark this occasion. This year will be different. All the events are online and virtually celebrates all over the world. Pandemic time doesn't stop theatre. Actors reinvent and moving to communicate with public online.

"Human beings have told each other stories for as long as they have been on the planet. The beautiful culture of theatre will live for as long as we stay here."

Helen Mirren, message 2021

World Theatre Day
Helen Mirren, Oscar winner actress

One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day is International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares "his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace". 

On the ITI official website you will see all the performance videos contributed by ITI Centres all over the world. 

There are 3 sessions of the videos. Invite your students to click the link to check the detailed programmer of each session.

"The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with a new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share. 

I can’t wait!”

Helen Mirren, message 2021


Since March 2020 we find ourselves celebrating Theatre day under very unusual circumstances. A full year into the pandemic means that it’s been a full year since we have been able to experience live performance and our venues remain shuttered. We could not go to the theatre with our students to celebrate Art.

Theatre in education is used to encourage effective learning. It calls for careful consideration of the audience's age and requirements in order to engage them and get the message across. 

It complements school curriculum and illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and literature, history, science and world cultures. 

"It is becoming increasingly certain the pandemic will be longer-lasting than we had hoped and more impactful than we had imagined. With its persistence, we are beginning to see warnings about terrible effects it will have on younger generations. But what if the predictions are too dire and there is hope for a positive influence on the pandemic generation?"

Tracy Brower, sociologist and author, in Forbes*

I think it will be another difficult year to commitment and follow-up actions taken to protect education through the recovery, increase inclusion and combat drop-out. 

However is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education at the centre of the recovery.

Covid-19 Generation
credits: unknow
via Google Images

Perhaps this generation, whose views are being shaped through the coronavirus pandemic, will be afraid or insecure. But it's also conceivable they will be shaped in more positive ways. Who knows? I say this with hope.

And now let's write about the posts of January and February. The world continues to be affected by pandemic restrictions. In so many countries schools are still closed. Millions of students don't have access to in-person lessons

Here are the most popular posts of the last two month:

There are measures to deal with coronavirus outbreaks are in place across Europe. Many involve the reintroduction of restrictions that had been eased after initial lockdowns.

Here in Portugal, schools continue closed. The kindergarten and Primary schools reopened last 15 March. Secondary schools will reopen perhaps next 5 April. High junior schools and universities next 19 April.

We are under a fifth national lockdown until at least 19 April. And there is a curfew from movement between country's municipalities is prohibited during Easter week. 

Be safe! Take care!


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