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Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives. Now translated into English and comprehensively updated from the French, Rainbow of Desire sets out the techniques which help us `see' for the first time the oppressions we have ...more
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Published December 15th 1994 by Routledge
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy, Augusto Boal

The Rainbow of Desire, is Augusto Boal's statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2010 میلادی

عنوان: رنگین کمان آرزو - تکنیک تئاتری و درمانی آگوستو بوآل؛ نویسنده آگوستو بوآل؛ مترجم بهار صیرفی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، انجمن نمایش، 1386، در 192ص مصور، جدول، فروست انتشاران نمایش وابسته به موسسه انجمن نمایش، شابک 9789642747221؛ موضوع ب
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Kyle
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: phd-studies
Like much of his other, inspirational drama guidebooks, Aesthetics and Theater of the Oppressed, Boal has a warm, humanist approach to what he does, as well as an effective method of getting other people to go to similar places. Here, however, he gives his readers (maybe just me in particular) too much of the whole spectrum for his vision, and it was way too frequent that I’d be blinded by some personal story or allusion, missing the point of any given activity. I am much more at ease with Boal ...more
Joseph
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
For the most part, Boal is your typical anarcho-optimist, a conservative by virtue of the Utopian tautology underlying his supposedly decentralized artistic system. He employs, when needed, a dash of Freud, some Stanislavski and Lope de Vega, a two-dimensional Aristotle and a primarily iconographic Marx, cutting and pasting, organizing to his purposes a frightening monument built "in the hope that after the carnivalesque paroxysms of theatre will come once again the Ash Wednesday of a new day's ...more
Justin
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Adrian Jackson brilliantly translates Boal's complex, philosophical masterpiece on theatre, personage, and oppression. Boal relies heavily on devised words (like spect-actor), connotations, and metaphor, and Jackson captures these for the English speaking reader. Boal's book is more than just an explanation of the techniques of image theatre [especially Rainbow of Desire and The Cop in the Head, my personal two favorites]. The first third sets the beautiful foundation of humanity's interactions ...more
Morgan
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in theatre, therapy, or fighting oppression
Recommended to Morgan by: the author
The original title for this book was supposed to be Cop in the Head but Boal's publisher said, "No one will buy a book called 'Cop in the Head.' You have to call it 'Rainbow of Desire.'" I fault it one star short of five because actually enacting the techniques described in this book are far more vital than the book itself, (and I'm just saying that because facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed workshops is what I do for work these days).
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Augusto Boal was a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician. He was the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements.

His books are very influential. With 22 published works, translated to more than 20 languages, his views are studied in Theatre schools all over the world.

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