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Corporations in our Heads: Shifting Corporate Messaging... (BC/AlbertaTour)

Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Tuesday, 5 November 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MST)

Corporations in our Heads: Shifting Corporate...

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Corporations in our Heads: Shifting Corporate Messaging in our Collective Psyche - BC/Alberta Tour ... brought to us by Theatre for Living's Artistic Director, David Diamond

DIRECTIONS: Go to Education Building (North), on 87th Ave, bn 112th and 114th Street, University of Alberta (north campus), Edmonton, AB

EVENT LOCATION: ABR Studio, Education Building (North), 4th floor, Rm 104 (take north set of elevators)

From "Corporations in our Heads is a new and exciting undertaking that investigates how the messages from corporations have colonized our individual and collective psyche and affect our relationships with each other, with ourselves, and with the planet in profound ways. But this project hopes to be more than just an investigation - we have a desire forCorporations in our Heads to move into transformative action! How? By making each event relevant, at a grassroots level, to each community in which it happens and by collaborating with individuals and organizations in each community who can take the momentum generated by each event and use it to move forward on local community issues.

There is no play, no actors and no script. We are touring a process in which the whole evening of theatre comes from the audience each night. Each night is focused on identifying the corporate messages in the consciousness of the community at each event and seeking ways to overcome and/or change our relationship to those messages in ways that are healthier for us as individuals and also for the planet.

Corporations in our Heads has evolved from Augusto Boal’s exercise “Cops in the Head”.

Also from "The exercise works like this: After a short warm-up the audience is asked to offer stories out of their own experiences; stories in which the story-teller had to make a decision about something and they know that the voices of corporations are affecting that choice in negative or unhealthy ways.

For example:

  • an instance in which a career choice is affected by an idea that more money buys more happiness/contentment;
  • an instance in which food choices are determined by marketing and not nutritional value;
  • an instance in which body image is affected by the ‘beauty industry’ and not real world possibilities;
  • an instance in which excessive debt is accrued in response to confusion over “needs” and “wants”;
  • etc., etc., etc.

Three people offer stories and the audience chooses the story that resonates the most deeply with the majority of the audience. That story-teller remains onstage, at the heart of the exercise, playing themself. The story might be with another person, or it might be the story-teller on their own. Either is fine.

If the story involves another person, an audience member volunteers to play that other person.Why? Not to demonize or satirize the other character, but to portray that character with as much integrity as possible.

We are making theatre at this event to get underneath the fact that something is happening (beyond the symptom) and into the root causes of why it is happening. In order to do this, we need to honour all sides of the moment. We don’t need to agree - in fact disagreement is often very richly useful. We do, however, need to be respectful of other voices/perspectives, otherwise, how can we generate a real dialogue?" ...


Brought to you by Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre), Vancouver BC

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Have questions about Corporations in our Heads: Shifting Corporate Messaging... (BC/AlbertaTour)? Contact Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

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University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Tuesday, 5 November 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MST)

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Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) Program offers explicit recognition that clinical practice is both an art and a science. The AHHM program recognizes the many relationships that exist between the arts, humanities, and social sciences and medicine. Our program exists to initiate activity and inquiry into these intersections, and also provides a focus for existing activities in this area across the Faculty, the University of Alberta, and elsewhere. 

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