German Professor Norbert Radermacher visits Sarwanam

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In December 2009 Sarwanam was happy to welcome three guests from Germany. The Sarwanam familiy had met the German theatre professor Norbert Radermacher during a children´s theatre festival in India one year ago. Since then he was eager to visit Sarwanam in Nepal.

He brought two friends, his former students, the brothers Stephan and Ulrich with him.

Their whole stay in Nepal included five days, so as their friends, the Sarwanam members arranged a sight seeing programme for them, invited them to some cultural dance programme and went to Nagarkot together to introduce them to their home country.We enjoyed these days a lot. It was fun to see our country through different eyes again and together we saw many beautyful places like Boudha, Swayambhu, Nagarkot and the durbar squares in Kathmandu,Patan and Bhaktapur. For our guests it was also nice to visit Ashesh Malla in his house, to ride in a local micro-bus and have the chance to see Nepal besides the typical tourist sights.

Norbert, on the other hand conducted an internal one-day acting workshop in the Sarwanam Art Centre.This was a high-light for all of us.

The Workshop

The one-day workshop was held in December 11, 2009. Norbert introduced differents elements of acting. To make it more fun to learn about these elements, Norbert used different games, eg:

The „blind game“, where one partner closes his or her eyes and is guided only by the fingertips by the other partner. This game increases trust between the actors.

He proceeded with a sound game, where we imitated the sounds of animals in a jungle. Later we also learned about a monitoring game by Augusto Boal, an emotion game and many more.

Another improvisational theatre method we enjoyed a lot was the one, where the room is divided into four squares.

Every square is related to a different quality, or a different emotion. By our body movement and facial expression only we should make it clear to the audience which square signifies which place, e.g a desert, an icy ground or a green field.

Additional, we played the same game and used different emotions. This time jumping from joy to sorrow, to jealousy, whenver we changed the square.

Another improvisational theatre method we enjoyed a lot was the one, where the room is divided into four squares.

Every square is related to a different quality, or a different emotion. By our body movement and facial expression only we should make it clear to the audience which square signifies which place, e.g a desert, an icy ground or a green field.

Additional, we played the same game and used different emotions. This time jumping from joy to sorrow, to jealousy, whenever we changed the square.


In the end one of Sarwanam´s actresses can be quoted as follows. Her words surely speak for all: “All participants enjoyed the workshop very much and we learned many more things about acting. These new methods and games can be applied in our performances as well as in our workshops.”

We are happy about meeting all three and making new friends, because Nepal in general and Sarwanam especially is always happy to welcome people here.

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4 Responses to German Professor Norbert Radermacher visits Sarwanam

  1. Sampada malla says:

    the article is really nice…expecting more….

  2. Gyuzel says:

    Very intresting!

    Thank!

  3. sushila says:

    nice!!! keep it up!!

  4. sushila says:

    thanx!!

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