The Open Scenario, the beating heart of “Oblomov Methodology” is the outcome of the Oblomov Workshop which was held between March and May 2017 at the University of Milan, in the early phase of the Erasmus Plus Project “ObLoMoV: Obesity and Low Motility Victims – ‘physical short shocks’ and ‘theatre short stories’ to convert inactive victims into HEPA social actors”.
During a 25-hour workshop (in six days) students from different degrees courses (Cultural Heritage and Environment, and Biomedical Sciences for Health) worked together with theatre trainers and researchers on the themes inspired by Gončarov’s novel Oblomov: sloth, passivity, indolence, isolation; all themes which are related to the problem of being inactive.
However, the Open Scenario is not the theatrical transposition of Oblomov, it is a ‘canovaccio’, a dramaturgical open text, composed of a series of theatrical short stories.
During the workshop many issues were addressed:
– the relationship between sport and theatre, their affinity and difference;
– how to combine sport and theatre keeping the project goal (namely to convert inactive victims into health-enhancing physical activity social actors) in mind;
– the inactivity problem related to the curative role of sport; the negative feelings and related problems: solitude, isolation, under self-esteem; and also a serious health problem such as obesity, overweight;
– the social and cultural issues related to the problem of inactivity; the role of the family in such attitude;
– the lack of awareness of the problem;
– the physical inactivity problem which is widespread among students aged 11/13, and their bad habits;
– the new sport theories of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE).
To face these activities the workshop included some theatrical exercises. These were aimed at understanding the theatrical mechanism, i.e. how dramatic text is constructed, or what it means to re-enact a fairy tale. Physical exercises were also considered fundamental in the construction of a team and to foster mutual trust among the participants.
The importance of stating the problem of inactivity – and the prevention of one of its main consequence (obesity) attempting to address it without being direct or explicit, was absolutely clear.