No Means No, feminist Legislative Theater by Madalena-Berlin

NO Means NO, Feminist Legislative Theater by Madalena- Berlin

This short documentary shows the trajectory of developing a feminist perspective for the practice of Legislative Theater carried out by the group Madalena-Berlin between 2016 and 2019.

Initially, the technique was applied following the method developed by Augusto Boal and Centro do Teatro do Oprimido in Brasil. In 2016, the Madalena-Berlin decided to engage in the “No means No” campaign using Legislative Theater to create a dialogue about sexual violence and the new law regulation in Germany. Over the three years of praxis, the group applied a feminist perspective to Legislative Theater and a new approach to public interventions considering the place / social position of each member of the audience.

Madalena-Berlin was founded in 2010, from a Theater of the Oppressed laboratory done by Bárbara Santos, artistic director of the group. Through the shows “Images of Women” (2011), “School of Women” (2013), “Pink Glasses” (2015) and “Pink Machine” (2019), the group promoted public discussions about the various challenges that its members face in the struggle for overcoming patriarchy.

Madalena -Berlin are Bárbara Santos, Bibiana Lopera, Carla Moscoso, Elly Jarvis, Eva Gloria, Jana Burger, Julia Guerra, Liviana Bath, Sofia Casarrubia.

  • Barbara Santos
  • Madalena-Berlin
  • Elly Jarvis
    Key Cast
  • LIviana Bath
    Key Cast
  • Julia Guerra
    Key Cast
  • Carla Moscoso
    Key Cast
  • Eva Gloria Fernández
    Key Cast
  • Jana Burger
    Key Cast
  • Barbara Santos
    Key Cast
  • Claudia Simone
    Key Cast
  • Eva Gloria Fernández
    Director Assistent
  • Chiara Morcelli
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 40 seconds
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
  • Vierte Welle Feminist Film Festival
    May 13, 2021
Director Biography - Barbara Santos

Bárbara Santos

Dramaturge, theatre director, actress, author and feminist-antiracist activist, Bárbara Santos is artistic coordinator of KURINGA – theatre space in Berlin and founder of the Ma(g)dalena International – Feminist Theatre of the Oppressed Network composed by groups from Latin America, Africa and Europe. Over 30 years she has been working with groups in more than 40 countries. She has developed innovative lines of aesthetic investigation focused on gender as a social construction and race as a social organization in intersection with social class through a feminist perspective. As performer is exploring the conversion of the performative body into a political body in her one-woman show “Passage”. As actress is acting Filomena in “The Invisible Life”, a film by Karim Aïnouz, grand prix at “Un Certain Regard”, at Cannes Festival 2019. She was nominated for the National Award from the Brazilian Academy of Cinema as best Support Actress from 2020. She is author of “Theatre of the Oppressed, Roots and Wings: a theory of praxis” (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English); "Aesthetic Paths" (Portuguese) and “Feminist Theatre of the Oppressed” (Portuguese and Spanish).

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