Tag Archives: SPS Study Abroad

Goodbye to Beautiful Rwanda

Today was our last full day together in Rwanda. We drove for three hours through the countryside to reach Lake Kivu, where we took pictures of sparkling blue water surrounded by rolling hills that disappear into mist. When I get … Continue reading

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Turongera

Two days ago, we all, CUNY and URCE students together, began creating a play using the folk tale The Magic Calabash as inspiration. Yesterday, Friday, after a whirlwind devising and rehearsal process, we ended that process with a final performance … Continue reading

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Playbuilding Part I

There were around 80 of us sitting in a circle, listening to Helen and Chris tell the folktale of The Magic Calabash. Their arms gestured wildly as their voices imitated curious children, greedy parents, playful Water Spirits, and a Giant … Continue reading

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Moments of Connection

Red dirt roads. Red brick. Stone. Big blue sky with no clouds. Bamboo sticks, palms. Golden-green banana trees. People waving. The deep blue of the evening coming and the silver of the stars. The yellow gold of writing by candlelight. … Continue reading

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Forum Theatre on the Fly

Today was a manic, creative whirl through one of the most famous and rigorous applied theatre forms: forum theatre, which is part of Augusto Boal’s “arsenal” of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and strategies. Forum Theatre highlights an injustice in … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Palace

Today, was the first day in Rwanda that we, the CUNY students, have been on our own together. Today, we drove to the Southern Province of Rwanda, through farms and forests and rice fields—the scenery changing every few moments. Today, … Continue reading

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Routines

I want to take a minute to talk about routines. In this morning’s session with Chris and Helen, the students from the University of Rwanda College of Education were introduced to the theatrical convention of ‘routines’, sequences of action that … Continue reading

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