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Embracing the Stage: The Transformative Power of Performing Arts in Cultural Adaptation

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 As the coordinator of the ICP English Theatre Club, supported by the non-profit 'Integration Centre Prague,' and as a foreigner residing in Prague, I often encounter questions about my profound passion for the Performing Arts. This article aims to shed light on why theatre holds such significance for me. We'll explore how theatre transcends mere entertainment, fostering a sense of community that not only brings joy but also forges connections. Particularly, it becomes a haven for those of us who are beginning new lives in a foreign land, away from our families.

Establishing an International Community: It is incredibly important to create a sense of community as it plays a role in helping newcomers feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. Dr. Peggy Levitt, a sociologist, has conducted research on migration and emphasizes the significance of these communities. According to her findings, these international communities provide support systems that help individuals who are far from their home countries develop a sense of belonging while also gaining insights into cultures (Levitt, 2001).

Within the ICP English Theatre Club, our community it’s a small world where people from diverse backgrounds come together. During our meetings, we write and share our own stories and experiences, and so we learn from one another.

The Therapeutic Role of Theatre in Overcoming Trauma: It’s truly remarkable how theatre can serve as an outlet for self-expression and aid in coping with trauma. Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist specializing in trauma, emphasizes the power of creative expression, such as theatre, as a safe and effective means for individuals to express their emotions. This can lead to a process of release and healing (Perry, 2006). Engaging in theatre also cultivates empathy, as both performers and audience members gain insights into experiences and emotions.

Power of Performing Arts in Cultural Adaptation

Within our club, members engage in scriptwriting and performances to vividly express the essence of their experiences. The stage acts as a dynamic platform, facilitating not just the exploration of one’s own emotions, but also enabling connections with others undergoing similar life situations. This immersive environment significantly enhances the ability to understand and empathize with a wide range of perspectives.

Establishing a Feeling of Security and Belonging: When you find yourself away from your home country, having the support of a community can truly make a difference. The research conducted by sociologist Dr. Alejandro Portes highlights how these communities transform into families that provide an inclusive environment where individuals can find emotional support and a sense of belonging (Portes & Rumbaut 2006).

Our theater club has grown beyond being a group. It has become akin to a tight-knit family! Our shared love for theatre goes beyond attending rehearsals and meetings. We value the connections we make within our theatre community, and that provides us with the support needed when overcoming the challenges of living abroad.

Empowering Through Public Speaking and Expression: Proficiency in public speaking and self-expression is crucial, transcending cultural barriers. Dr. Cicely Berry, a voice coach with extensive experience in theatre, explores how acting enhances public speaking skills and individual expression (Berry, 2000).

Within our club, members utilize scriptwriting and performance to voice the complexities of their foreign experiences. The stage becomes a transformative space, facilitating emotional navigation and connection with others facing similar challenges.

Art as a Catalyst for Personal Growth: Without limiting ourselves to the performing arts, it’s important to recognize that all kinds of artistic activities offer substantial benefits. Dr. James Catterall’s studies illuminate the positive effects that engaging in an array of arts—from visual and literary arts to music and drama—has on our mental health and overall happiness. The diversity of artistic experiences contributes to our personal growth in unique and meaningful ways (Catterall, 2012).

The rehearsals and script creation processes in our club provide opportunities for development! Through expression, we can uncover more about ourselves, cultivate resilience, and adjust easily to our new environment. It’s truly an exhilarating adventure!

In a nutshell, the performing arts, like the ICP English Theatre Club, can be a wonderful way to assist newcomers in adjusting to a new country. Through community building, therapeutic expression, fostering security, empowering public speaking skills, and harnessing art’s transformative nature, individuals find solace, growth, and connection on stage. Theatre becomes a universal language, bridging borders and promoting unity in diversity.


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A propos de l'auteur

 Nancy Castrogiovanni, a multidisciplinary artist who merges the boundaries of art and narrative.

 

Whether it’s through the pages of my novel, the curves of my sculptures, or the spotlight of the stage, my art is an emotional journey that takes the audience on a ride through life’s ups and downs. 

 

 

 



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