The Theatre for Development and Education (TDE) program contributes to sustainable human development within Indonesia. TDE operates through the creation of theatrical performances and hosting of workshops addressing important social and advocacy issues. The performances are created and executed in collaboration with Indonesian artists and groups from various areas. The TDE program started in November 2009 as a new Kelola program and has found funding until November 2011.
To secure the long-term development of the TDE program, five trainees will be selected to undergo a four-month training period. The selected trainees are Indonesian citizens, at least 23 years old, experienced artists/ theatre practitioners and highly motivated to use performing arts for human development within Indonesia. Selected trainees will be placed in Bandung starting February 2011.
The training period will be facilitated by the program coordinator of the TDE program. During the training period they will join TDE workshops and performances, actively learn and practice TDE methods and theory and be able to share ideas with experienced theatre directors, actors and producers.
After their training period they will be able to represent the TDE program in their respective areas, by initiating new performances and facilitating workshops.
The TDE trainees’ project will be visible through the TDE performances in which they partake and the trainees will write down their experiences in a blog, excerpts of which are posted on the official Kelola website.
After several separate theater performances and projects in Indonesia, theater ambassador Egbert Wits is now program coordinator of TDE at our partner organization KELOLA.
Within TDE, Egbert shares his knowledge about socially engaged theater making and tries to encourage theater makers to actively involve society in their work. This is done through workshops, discussion and advice, but also through active collaboration. The experiences and results of this knowledge exchange are bundled. A handbook of best practices should better facilitate future cultural work within the archipelago.
Indonesia consists of more than 16,000 islands, home to 230 million people with hundreds of different cultures and languages. TDE will also try to reach the more isolated islands. Egbert lives with his Javanese wife in Jakarta, where he is working with Theater Embassy partner Yayasan Kelola on the realization of TDE.
Partner organisation: Yayasan Kelola Foundation
Executors Theatre Embassy: 1
Theme: I Water, II Farming
Local artists: 53 (2010) 15 ( 2011)
Workshops: 3 ( 2010) 2 ( 2011)
Target group: 40 local theatre groups ( 2010/ 2011)
Coaching visits: 10 ( 2010)
Presentations Total: 36
Participating Organizations: CCL, Taman Budaya of Jambi
Finances: PSO, Theatre Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St Doen, HIVOS, Dutch Embassy Indonesia, CNV International