CiviCultura: Collecting the themes of the show (interviews and improvisation in the Urban Stages)


Last week we visited Dacia Park, one of the 4 Urban Stages of CiviCultura 2019. The purpose was to collect from the residents of the Urban Stages the themes of the CiviCultura show, in order to make them co-creators of the show.
On Tuesday we went to and ask them some questions about their problems in the neighbourhood. Two days after, on Thursday, we were back to have interact in some discussions based on the previous results, getting their attention with theatre improvisations. Photos are available here.

Tuesday. The enquiry had only4 open questions (which we are thinking to use again, but are also open to suggestions). Although we had some posters promoting the event with some days in advance in the local shops, only a few saw them, and they were in the park independently from our action. We had a small pavilion were people could come to talk to us, but most of the responses we got were from reaching out to people spending their time in the park or passing through. There was a greater number of people responding to our questioner in the park than on the surrounding streets, which were mostly in a hurry.
The main problems seem to be related to garbage.

We also asked if the main problem they found in the neighbourhood could be solved by the community. More than 25% came with solutions involving people in the neighbourhood:
• Information / Education in the community (3.88%)
• Organisation / Involvement (8.73%)
• Petition / Referral / Pressure (12.62%)

Thursday we started to play an adaptation of “The last Godot” by M. Vișniec, which had a really good traction - people came from different parts of the park to see the show. We then continued with some costume-made games (based on the collected problems) which got the interest of the kids and consequently of their parents. We finished with a discussion about our findings, but by that time, most of the adults which were retained by the initial theatre show were scattered around the park. We are thinking next time to finish with a small guitar concert, or something more energetic, to have some kind of closure at the end of the interaction.

Next week we go in Mocioni Square (better known by locals as Sinaia) for another Tuesday- problem collection and Thursday - interaction/ response to the collected data. We will also take the pavilion, to be better noticed, but there will be some difficulties we did not face in Dacia Park:

  • People will be less willing to give their time to answer the questions or stay at discussion - currently there are no benches in Mocioni (except the tram station)
  • For the improvisation, there will be no children playing in the area, with the only stationary people being the ones waiting for the tram.

Lessons learned:

  • When finished with a discussion about our findings, most of the adults which were retained by the initial theatre play and improvisational games were now scattered around the park. We remained only a few (5 - 10 persons) besides the organizers. So for the next episode, we are thinking close the gathering with something more energetic: a small guitar concert, a theatre play, etc.
  • We discovered that it is not so easy to interact with all kinds of different personalities, sometimes it is really hard to keep our enthusiasm on a high level, and we for sure need to work on it.

As a conclusion, we have to say that the whole action was received better than expected, and the local community was looking forward for the next meeting and of course for the big show in October.

We are looking forward for your feedback!

CiviCultura Team