To Shout With Joy
Jubilo is a theatre group, born in 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland. The project’s core artistic team consists of actors and musicians from Poland, Canada and Italy.
The name draws from the Latin roots of the word ‘jubilare’, meaning ‘to shout with joy.’ The starting point of Jubilo’s work was the need for artistic intervention against social exclusion within society. In the fabric of every community, there are marginalized peoples living on the borders or invisibly within society, due to socio-economic exclusion, race/ethnicity, or developmental disabilities. This marginalization between peoples within a community leads to the breakdown of human relations, conflicts, and ultimately the building of walls between different groups.
Jubilo aims to disintegrate these social, economic, language and cultural barriers through the action of artistic encounters, where the platform of exchange is the theatrical language of body, voice and music. From this language we build a common vocabulary, through which personal relations are deepened between each person of the group of reference. These encounters are realized through a series of long-term workshops.
Two Strands – Theatre research/Community
The work of Jubilo is divided into two lines.
The first line is connected to theatre research and performance, where the actors of the project work in closed sessions developing their own artistic practice. Through work with theatrical tools (music, songs, movement improvisations, theatrical actions) the actors train, select and elaborate theatre and musical materials that will become foundational elements of the performative work of the group (performances, concerts, gatherings). Included in this line of work are periodic workshops, sharing the practice of the ensemble with performers, singers and musicians.
The second line is where the elements found in the closed session of the group transform, open to the community. The work of the group is put in practice and reveals itself from another perspective. A constant attempt to search for an artistic dialogue within the theatrical space of reference opens and overcomes theatrical conventions, borders and differences of surrounding. In this way the tools are questioned and confronted in order to feed again the development and research of the group. Jubilo takes an alternative path away from the stigma associated with therapy and social work. Rather, through the mutual act of an artistic meeting between two human beings, we seek to open a space for seeds to blossom and the individual’s creative voice to arise.
Since its inception in 2011, Jubilo has worked with organizations both in the Wroclaw area and abroad; working with, among others, young adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness experience, Polish and Roma youth, homeless people, prisoners and refugees. Jubilo also continues to collaborate with various cultural and theatrical institutions in Wrocław, including the drama academy PWST and the Grotowski Institute, currently developing work as part of their BodyCONSTITUTION program. Jubilo’s work also involves public sharing of its practice, which has included work demonstrations, seminars, documentary films, and artistic exhibitions of photography and fine art.