Wendy Lathrop Meyer, Kristin Runde and Øystein Vestre: Communication within a cultural sensitive perspective – “How does drama and theatre contribute in developing a democratic process, in the meeting between production, activity and way of working?

Meyer, Runde and Vestre look at communication within a cultural sensitive perspective and ask How does drama and theatre contribute in developing a democratic process, in the meeting between production, activity and way of working?

‘When Tragedy embraces the Farce’
‘See me – a double glance’
‘A journey through time and space – storytelling as a meeting between cultures’

Meyer aims to show how “The Gogol Project”, involving both Tanzanian and Norwegian student groups, an applied theatre process can explore and comment on tragic and moral dilemmas embedded in Nicolaij Gogol’s play ‘The Government Inspector’, from 1836 about corruption.

Runde being inspired by Picassos deconstruction and creative paraphrasing of an existing artwork(1957), “Las Meninas” by Diego Velàzquez (1656) will show how the students paraphrased the same artwork as a tableau being a vehicle to understand the “staging” of their reality.

Vestre will explore how oral storytelling can be used as a method for the meeting and communication between people from different cultures. By using the international Aarne-Thompson classification system of folk tales to show that the same set of images and metaphors cope with the same existential questions globally.

Wendy Lathrop Meyer:
Associate Professor in Drama and Theatre within the teacher-training programme at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Hamar, Norway. From 2006 – 2011 in Tanzania the Academic/ professional project leader for the Norad programme in Arts and Cultural Education – ‘Community based Arts- regaining and modernizing Cultural heritage Educating and professionalizing the Community Artist’. At present time she is developing new projects within the area.

Kristin Runde:
Assistant Professor in Drama and Theatre pedagogy at Vågen upper secondary school for Performing and Visual Arts, Sandnes, Norway

Øystein Vestre:
Assistant Professor in Drama and Theatre at the Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway. He has also been working as a professional storyteller since 2001

Laura Dean (Associate Director)
Laura is a keen advocate for the Arts in Education. A graduate of the Comparative and International Education MA program at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA), Laura’s research interests revolve around how Arts subjects, and Theatre in particular, can play a crucial role to the development of a student’s social and emotional well-being, whilst bolstering their academic attainment. Having lived in numerous places around the world, and worked to support international students in a university setting, Laura is interested in supporting global Education policy. With an avid interest in Theatre & Performance, she is delighted to be bringing her two passions together to lead on Dialogue’s Community Performance for Education work.