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Violence & Learning: Scenario 2

  • John Hanse
Publiceringsår: 2017-03-01
Språk: Engelska
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok

Abstract english

The script we are presenting below is one of four different scenarios from
Violence & Learning by Henrik Bromander and John Hanse, which was
performed at the International Brecht Society’s Symposium in Oxford in
June 2016.
The learning play Violence & Learning has been developed and
performed in the context of left-wing activism in Sweden. The different
variants of the play have partly been played out and developed in theater
houses, but mainly in social centers, squatted buildings and other places
of importance for the left-wing movement. This movement is also examined
and discussed in the performance. Every performance has been followed
by an open discussion, which aimed at being a starting point for
further discussions—discussions that have been beneficial for us when
gathering more material, and even changing the script for the next performance.
The focus of these discussions has varied a lot depending on the
place and the participators.
The starting point of the project and the structure of the play is inspired
by Die Maßnahme (The Decision) by Bertolt Brecht. The idea is to make the
participants, alongside the actors, reenact a number of fictional events such as
a strike, a riot, and a blockade—all are of great material and symbolic value
for the contemporary radical left. In a similar way that the police officers prepare
themselves for crowd control (not only through lectures, but also by setting
up and playing out scenarios), we can prepare ourselves physically for a
discussion about political means and ends. We want to examine the embodied
knowledge that is inherent in a certain action or situation, and in a larger context
understand the tacit knowledge of a political practice or a social movement.
The opportunity to move from the role of a bystander to the role of a
participant, and vice versa, facilitates the possibility to scrutinize the political
action itself. On a more general level, the performance enables a theoretical
discussion about organized political practice.
Our main objective is that the performance should be a relevant part of
the discussion about political means and ends in grassroots political movements,
thus enabling the participants to examine and experience the political
movement they are a part of from both a micro and macro perspective.
In the following script, the figure of the Young Comrade of Violence &
Learning has, according to the four activists/actors, committed grave errors,
thus inflicting great damage on the political struggle. These errors are what
the four activists/actors are reenacting, in order to receive a judgment from
the silent choir/the participants. The scenario that is presented here is the
second scenario in the performance.
An English and a Swedish complete version of the script can be downloaded


  • Performing Arts


Teaterhögskolan i Malmö, Medarbetare John Hanse
E-post: john [dot] hanse [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se