ReDEFIANT is a fresh, innovative, and energetic multi-lingual performance using spoken word to explore and challenge minority stereotypes. Participants will look at how the headlines define an ethnic group and how political rhetoric encourages division not understanding. We ask the participants, what they would do if given ownership of their cultural identities.

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Specifically, the project will use Forum theatre, a practice developed by Augusto Boal- a Brazilian Community Artist. He believed that by presenting social inequality and structural problems in a set of short acts followed by a live discussion people can discuss and find solutions; to build stronger communities.

RISE will present ReDEFIANT at La Mama on November 9, 10, and 11, an iconic Australian performance space that fosters new artists, edgy performances, and new voices.

For more information and register your interest to participate contact RISE at

Click here?to view the ReDEFIANT poster!