International Master Class with acclaimed theatre practitioner Hector Aristizabal

Posted on: 13th September 2013

We're delighted to host a Theatre of the Oppressed Master Class with the acclaimed theatre practitioner Hector Aristizabal

This two-day workshop will be hosted in Derry - Londonderry and then repeated in Belfast.

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.

He grew up in Medellin, 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 however worked his way out of poverty to become a theatre artist and pioneering psychologist. 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 programs throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and around the world, as far afield as Afghanistan, India, and Palestine, for community building and reconciliation.

Playhouse, 5 - 7 Artillery Street, Derry - Londonderry on Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th September 2013Or The Mac, Exchange Street, Belfast on Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th October 2013

The Master Class is free but booking is essential. To book a place please contact

Hector Aristizabal

Hector Aristizabal

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