„Ég, þú, þau“


Malala Yousafzai, friðarverðlaunahafi Nóbels 2014 og Guila Clara Kessous, listamaður friðar hjá UNESCO skrifa saman ávarp í tilefni af alþjóðlegum leikhúsdegi barna, sem er í dag, 20. mars. Ávarp þeirra fylgir hér fyrir neðan á ensku.

Me, You, They

Theatre is vitally important for every child from their tenderest years. Dramatic art gives us our first access to a community outside of our own family and we do it through those “let’s pretend” moments so typical of childhood.

“Let’s Pretend” is fundamental to the child’s developing imagination, enabling the child to create an imaginary future which is rich and complex, with other people …

Because in theatre there is a “me”, the one who “plays” or acts as if the events are happening for real so that others, “they”, the audience, think that it is real. And then we get “you”.

Me, You, They

This unity of “me and you” on stage is so strong that it creates an “us” in terms of a secret language. Participating in the theatrical act as a spectator – or spect/actor as the great Brazilian theatre maker Augusto Boal would say, It is in any case about joining in and accepting make-believe as we did in our childhood.

A child comes to realize that his world exists through a game played with reality. And a child can only learn from tiny moments of experience because he is not yet aware of patterns, rules and dogma …

Me/You/They…

Then someone else, that adults call ‘the other’, comes on stage to play with ‘me’.

“They” have to believe in Beauty, they must dream, and be transported away from the reality of what the rest of humanity does. This “they” doesn’t wage war, it tries to understand the world. “They” have to sit in silence, transfixed by the same dazzling light created by this me and you, which is itself so perfectly balanced in its relationship, one to the other, that even violence is “not for real.” And all of this “fakery” and this “make-believe” is the best educational process a child can enjoy.

“Me/You/They…”

A bit like a magic spell - “Abra-ca-dabra” or “One, Two, Three – Go!”

So that the child can have better dreams and so that the adult can better understand…

Unless it is actually the other way around …

It is because ASSITEJ does understand this that we are both honoured to be messengers for hope, youth, art, and education and be able officially to launch this celebration with pride. We hope that by joining forces we will be able to pass on to future generations the importance of learning through the art of theatre to promote a better world based on peace, respect and social justice.

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace


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