Our professional practice and personal experiences are accumulated in various fields. This is an added value to the theatrical narratives created by us.
Raimonda Agnė Medeišienė
the founder and creative director of the Forum Theater 4R, expert in applied theater methods
I discovered applied theater methods for myself at the Helsinki’s Theater Academy (Finland). I hooked up. This was followed by wanderings, practices, researches – a couple of years at the University of Chester (United Kingdom), a year at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). And now I do wander periodically – on workshops for students, researches, projects, conferences. In this field, which I boldly call my own, I am firmly standing for almost 15 years.
The Forum Theater, one of the forms of interactive conversation with the audience, is unique in that it allows for integrative juggling in other methods as well. Augusto Boal himself experimented a lot, and encouraged his followers to look for new forms of engaging dialogue with the audience. Our way is so.
I know, what it means for actors to start talking to a different audience every time. Therefore, I especially appreciate our team, inviting to observe, think, act, and do so with a smile.
Thus, in the words of one character: “A serious face is not yet a sign of the mind. The greatest follies are made in this facial expression.”
4 ROOMS. And that means at least 4 doors. At least 4 solutions of difficult situation. Unfortunately, most of the time in life we see only that “only” way out, probably not the best. The most fascinates me that in our extra activities we can experiment; there will not be routine, and the most important – here you are right away, on the spot offering both spectators and colleagues on stage an unexpected and often – very effective solution of the problem.
The Forum Theater for me – discovery of a new approach, different actions and sensations through pleasure, seasoned with adrenaline.
4 ROOMS activity is interesting and engaging. Here I can realize my experience, knowledge by creating situations and characters, and still give joy to a spectator.
I enjoy performances of '4 rooms' because when I take part in them, the character assigned to me leads me to unknown horizons of my own personality. I find myself in circumstances which I may never experience in my life. Then it is extremely interesting to analyse myself and get surprised by my own reactions and actions in those situations. Also, it is nice to know that our audience, who equally participate in the action, make very similar discoveries too. And that they will return home after the performance being a little bit different.
I perceive the Forum Theater Method as the gentlest process known to me, creating change for participants through experience. Alchemy. I would call it so, if I had to choose one word. Alchemy, happening with each participant, regardless of his/her age, gender, education, worldview, self-awareness, religion or other beliefs. Independent even of his/her choice.
It just happens.
For me, a traveler-searcher by nature, a lot of attractions can be found on stage with the 4 ROOMS team.
I am happy to be in this activity and experiencing it, because it works according to the formula:
acting + improvisation + education + adventure + laugh = 4 ROOMS
Always new and always alive. Such theater does not become routine and trains the acting muscle.
Forum theater combines everything that makes me love theater in general - improvisation, direct communication with an audience and discussions about important topics. It is a unique genre in which both actor and spect-actor are growing.