Colombian theatre-maker, and leader in Theatre of the Oppressed, Hector Aristizabal will talk about RECONECTANDO, an initiative with an eco-psychosocial approach that offers transformative experiences for people affected by the dehumanization process experienced throughout the Colombian armed conflict.
They work with ex-combatants and their victims as well as social and environmental leaders who have assumed the commitment of peace in their territories. They have accompanied Colombia’s Truth Commission and now work with the reconciliation process combining deep ecology, social theatre and healing rituals.
Find out more about Hector Aristizabal here.
This talk will take place At The Table in the Upper Gallery.
Hector will also be taking a Masterclass for theatre-artists on 23 April.
Dates & Times
|Sat 22 Apr 2023||1:00pm||£0.00||Book Now|
About Hector Aristizabal
Hector was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia when it was the most dangerous city in the world. One of his brothers was seduced by the power of crack cocaine and another by the promises of revolutionary armed struggle. Hector’s path was different. He worked his way out of poverty to become a theatre-artist and pioneering psychologist with a Masters degree from Antioquia University, then survived civil war, arrest and torture at the hands of the US-supported military.
In 1989, violence and death threats forced him to leave his homeland. In exile, Hector struggled to overcome his rage and desire for vengeance but instead channelled these energies into constructive social action. As an activist, he uses theatrical performance as part of the movement to end torture and to change US policy in Latin America. He founded ImaginAction to help people tap the transformative power of theatre in programs throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and around the world, as far afield as Afghanistan, India, and Palestine, for community building and reconciliation, strategizing, and individual healing and liberation.
He has served on the core council of the Colombia Peace Project-LA and on the boards of the Program for Torture Victims and of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, a global forum for social justice based on the ideas of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal.