Performance “Invisible Ability” (21 November 2015 // Zagreb, Croatia)

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21.11.2015. at 20h (free admission)

Trešnjevka Cultural Centre, Park Stara Trešnjevka 1 (TNT theatre hall)


Public performance “Invisible ability” is the final presentation of the eponymous workshop involving people with disabilities and people who deal with the problems of disabled people from Greece, Italy, Latvia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Belgium and Croatia, and which is thematically concerned with increasing the employability of persons with disabilities and their skills. The workshop takes place in the “Educathe +” partnership that is funded as part of the Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnership.

The workshop is held by Ivan Hromatko and Nataša Jurišić, members of the Association for Prevention of stigmatization and theatre education, and they aim to explore some of the problems faced by people with disabilities in the labour market and social life – and the performance will present potential solutions to these obstacles.

The workshop is designed according to an innovative drama-action research and educational theatre method which is was designed by sociologist Ivan Hromatko for his doctoral dissertation, and then the workshop process is enriched by movement, dance and knowledge’s of dance choreographer and pedagogist Nataša Jurišić.

Specifically, during the six-day workshop the participants will go through a specific drama-action process that is framed by Turner’s rite of passage, focused by drama version of Lewin’s action research, and enriched with elements of theatre and dance practitioners. This well rounded process allows the formation of an alternative and symbolic world that is dominated by the classic theatre freedom from everyday roles, freedom to criticize everyday norms and values, and intensive interaction (artist-performer, artist-director and performer-audience)

In this symbolic world they explore the possibility of replacing the roles in an employer-disabled persons relation and define the actions that go beyond the stigmatization, both external (public messages), and internal (personal skills and abilities).

Starting from the known sayings of all marginalized groups and individuals, “Nothing about us without us!”, participants will actively create the performance and cross the path from stigma and persecution to inclusion and equal opportunities, explore institutional discrimination and architectural barriers – in order to, in addition to defining the problems, define the potential solutions (actions that will be presented in the performance); and cease to be the social “link without the chain”, actively promote inclusion and employability of people with disabilities in work and social life and the benefits of an equal and intense interaction between people with disabilities and the rest of society.

At the end of the performance there will be discussion between the audience and performers, where you will be able to learn from the problems faced by disabled people in seven European countries, but also their solutions which can potentially be applied in Croatia.

All are welcome!


Ivan Hromatko, Nataša Jurišić, Leila Younis, Ana Bobinac, Vladan Korda


Amateurs and professionals from Latvia, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatian – participants in international theatrical and educational workshops on employability of people with disabilities.

Will perform on people with disabilities and those who work with them, combining non-formal education and performance art (educators, theatre practitioner, dancers, etc.).