A Conversation with my Drama Games Encourager & Mentor

So far, we’ve already established what drama games are and I have presented some of the exercises and performances I’ve done with my group yet in this post I’d like to speak about a conversation I had with my drama games mentor Aphrodite Parzakoni, Director, Drama Teacher & Drama Games Encourager. During that conversation, she explained how she was introduced to theatre games, what they are to her now, what drama games can do for a person and many more things which I find very interesting, thus I’d like to share them with you.

Αφροδίτη Παρζακώνη, Afroditi Parzakoni2Aphrodite started her professional career with several jobs seemingly irelevant, with theatre games. From studying logistics at Saint George University and jumping from one art school to another, until she finally settled in the department of pre-school education. Then, as if by magic, she discovered drama games in a 4 day seminar where she attended a lecture by a “man with an incredible aura”, professor Lakis Kouretzis, the man who invented the Theatre/Drama Games experiential method or else “Playing through Theatre” and introduced it in Greece.

That was the time when mesmerized by Lakis Kouretzis’ lecture she decided that she definitely needed to come in touch with that person. With the encouragement of her mother she started studying theatre games however she did not uncover the magic of that first lecture, until her final year of studies.

Αφροδίτη Παρζακώνη, Afroditi ParzakoniHer ultimate commitment to drama games was established through an act she performed during the Holy days of Easter in 1995 when she revealed her passion on stage in the company of a “green ribbon”, one that binds her, body and soul to the theatre games to this very day.

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A clown and a suitcase…

Hi, Theatre Games friends!

In my two last consecutive posts, as you’ve observed, I talked about the two theatrical performances I took part in the past, namely “BAR – CAT – CODE” and “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”. It is now understood for everyone, that although the primary objective of a Theatre Games Workshop isn’t to create a theatrical performance but to benefit participants by helping them realizing who they really are and re-discovering interpersonal communication by building stronger interpersonal relationships through: creative playing, dramatization, improvisation, role-playing and pantomime. Often, however, this experimentation and investigation process taking place inside the Workshop may lead to the desire for a more organized theatrical performance.

clownThis year, always loyal to that, we experiment and investigate the wide concept of “Clown”. Aphrodite Parzakoni, our Drama Teacher, has already given us homework assignments, which had to be prepared and presented inside the Workshop, either individually or in subgroups depending on the nature of the assignment. Today I want to talk about the two last assignments, both of which had to be delivered in written form.

  1. “A clown and a suitcase…”clown
  • From what material could the suitcase be made?
  • How could the suitcase be?
  • What could the clown have put inside the suitcase?
  1. “Give your own definition of a clown.”

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Second Theatrical Performance: “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”

theatrical performance, W.C.As you’ve noticed in my previous post, our Theatre Games Workshop likes to be involved and experiment with somehow surreal topics, subjects and concepts! 😛 Today I want to discuss about the second theatrical performance where I played two years ago, named “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”.

WC workshop's cast, theatrical performance (2)“What would you like us to treat you? Would you prefer a sweet or something to fool your hunger? Would you like us to treat you a bath or would you prefer a cold shower? You definitely made a long journey to arrive at our Armilla.”

We would like some water. We arrived thirsty. Not exhausted, only thirsty.”

w.c. workshop's cast,  theatrical performanceLuggage were piled in Armilla, one of the “Thin Cities” in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, consisting of a labyrinth of pipes and bathroom appliances inhabited by mysterious women; the same wetland of 30 group participants of The Drama Games Workshop “Expression & Communication” of Athens, Papagos-Cholargos.

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Easter: The Passage from Death to Rebirth

Today is Holy Wednesday, the middle of the Holy Week, and the Divine Passion reaches its dramatic peak. During the evening of Holy Wednesday, the Vesper of Holy Thursday is chanted  with a central theme the feet ablution of the Apostles by Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Betrayal by Judas.

Last Supper, Ressurection

On Holy Monday, through a variety of theatre games and activities, we ritually celebrated the Easter Holy Days  in our Theatre Games Workshop. Our “Last Supper” and “Resurrection” took place. Each participant had to bring with him/her something that symbolizes for him/her the Easter Holy Days, such as an object, a text, a taste, a smell, a flower, a song, etc. After forming a cycle, each participant had the chance to say whatever he/she wished to share with the others concerning the Easter Holy Days, him/herself or the group. Then, we raised a discussion on what all these objects represent for us, and influenced by all those stimuli, continued interpreting the word “Passion“. Continue reading

Key benefits of drama games through my eyes!

The Drama Games Workshop Participants

The Drama Games Workshop Participants

The reason why I made in my previous post an informative synopsis about what theatre games are, was because I wanted to establish a common ground for everyone. Since, all of us “speak the same language”, I would like to share with you with more details what are the key benefits of drama games through my own personal experience from the past four years that I have been participating in a Theatre Games Workshop. Continue reading

What are actually drama/theatre games? Who can be involved?

the theatre games, the drama games

Drama games borrow many elements and techniques from the theatre.

There are many opinions about what drama/theatre games are or what they should be. The different definitions of what drama games are and what they include are as many as the fields theatre games are applied to (theatre pedagogy/drama in education, training actors for the development of improvisational theatre, drama therapy). However, all definitions agree that drama games are all about…games. Thus, their primary objective is to provide group participants with recreation. The games become theatrical from the moment that a group participant, who is within a defined space and time, enjoys expressing themselves and communicates with the others through verbal and/or non-verbal language.

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