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Title: Personal and social dimensions of the theatrical activity of people with autism spectrum disorder : the case study of the ‘Authentic Artists’ theatre group
Authors: Pawlik, Sabina
Keywords: autism spectrum disorder; creativity; theatre; emancipation
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: "Edukacyjna Analiza Transakcyjna" Nr 9 (2020), s. 277-288
Abstract: The theatre, in which the actors are people with autism spectrum disorder (I use the term “autism spectrum disorder” as the development of a person suffering from autism is not always linked with disorders that significantly make their functioning difficult or make them suffer), has not been re-searched extensively yet. Most of the texts consider the therapeutic contexts of theatrical activity performed by people with autism spectrum disorder, or even interventions against them using the-atrical techniques. In this article, the author looks for a different perspective on the phenomenon of theatrical activities performed by people with autism spectrum disorder. The presented research aimed at showing the activities of “Authentic Artists” theatre in two dimensions: personal and so-cial. The research method used was a qualitative study of an individual case, which was the theatre group of people with autism spectrum disorder, “Authentic Artists” from Łódź. The research showed that theatrical activity can be a source of personal satisfaction and fulfillment for people with autism spectrum disorder. The theatre also turned out to be a place to establish relationships and make friends. It was shown that the activity of “Authentic Artists” also has an emancipatory potential, being a space for searching for one’s own forms of identity and creativity.
DOI: 10.16926/eat.2020.09.17
ISSN: 2299-7466
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