Master-class with Colombian theatre expert

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A free master-class with Colombian theatre practitioner Hector Aristizabal begins this week at The Playhouse on Artillery Street and all are invited to attend.

The master-class is being organised by the Playhouse International Culture Arts Network, ICAN.

Aristizabal, a psychotherapist, activist and theatre artist who survived civil war, arrest and torture will bring the transformative power of theatre to The Playhouse.

This month Colombian actor and choreographer Hector Aristizábal is undertaking a four week residency with ICAN. This is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

Hector spent fifteen years utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and theatrical performance as part of the movement to end torture. Hector is founder of Imaginaction an improvisational laboratory which uses performing arts for community healing and social justice. In 1989, violence and death threats forced him into exile, when Hector became interested in constructive social action. He combined his training in psychology and the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work with torture and trauma survivors, incarcerated youth, immigrant families, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. He uses his work to help people tap the transformative power of theatre in programmes throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and around the world, as far afield as Afghanistan, India, and Palestine, for community building and reconciliation.

As part of this programme a free masterclass entitled “Tools of ImaginAction” is being offered which provides a laboratory to learn through experiencing the use of several techniques and philosophies, e.g. Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre and storytelling. This masterclass is open to all including those interested in theatre, community work, facilitation, youth work as well as health workers and teachers – theatre experience is not necessary.

This free masterclass programme takes place this coming Thursday, January 27, and Friday, January 28, from 1pm to 6pm and Monday, January 31, and Tuesday, February 1, from 1 – 6pm at the Playhouse. For information or to sign-up, contact Elaine Forde at the Playhouse on: 71. 268027 or: elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk