Theatre Lab

Learning with Theatre

An octopus is a very clever animal with a big brain,” we are told by marine biologists who have also said that octopuses would have brain enough to live a life like humans – if it wasn’t for the unfortunate fact that it has nobody to teach or supervise it, or to share knowledge and experience with. It has to learn everything by itself – because it’s mother dies when the baby octopus is born. In contrast to octopuses humans are social beings who learn through playing, sharing experiences and explore the world together. That’s our life – and theatre is a mirror of life.

If there is a difference between life and theatre, it’s a difference in concentration,” the English theatre director Peter Brook said. Through theatre we can create concentrated experiences of life. We can create and recreate situations in order to explore relations, intensions and emotions together – and new meaning may emerge as we do it – not just about the past but more so about understanding the present.

Theatre – like design – is not primarily focusing on results, but on the processes that might lead to new understanding and knowledge. With theatre methods we can explore differences in beliefs and perspectives – not to make everyone agree, but to get new insights.

In the work in DSU Design we don’t do theatre performances – we work with applied theatre, which means using the knowledge, skills and methods from theatre as working methods in education and research.

(image attribution: Beckmannjan at the German language Wikipedia)