During his visit to Oberlin, Hector will collaborate closely with Oberlin Street Law high school and college students on the issue of food justice. He will give multiple workshops at Oberlin High School and take students to the Grafton Prison. Feb. 23 and 24, he will offer evening workshops to the college and community. All are welcome to the Peace Potluck on the 24th where he will be the featured guest speaker. On February 26, he will lead a final workshop for the college and community in stilt-walking and street puppetry. His final workshop will culminate in a collaborative performance piece and celebration on the streets of downtown Oberlin.
Th. Feb. 24, Theater of the Oppressed Workshop, Wilder Hall Room 115, 135 West Lorain, Oberlin, 7-10 PM
Fr. Feb. 25, Peace Potluck, Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain, Oberlin, 5:30-8 PM
Fr. Feb. 25, Theater of the Oppressed Workshop/Rehearsal, Peace Community Church, 8-10 PM
Sat. Feb. 26, Stilt-Walking and Street Puppetry Workshop, Location TBD, 10-11 AM
Sat. Feb. 26, Street Performance and Celebration, Downtown Oberlin, 11-12 noon
On February 27, Hector goes on to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer, Columbus, Ohio 43214, 614-267-4946 for a 4-hour workshop (2:00 to 6:00 PM):
Participants will learn to use Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to resist oppression, live without fear and build community. Hector uses the vulnerabilities and emotions of each participant to craft theater games that awaken the imagination in each person for healing and inspiration.
The Columbus program will be limited to 35 participants. Registration is required, and the $35 suggested donation includes admission to the performance of Nightwind at 7:00 PM. Suggested donation for the performance only: $15.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I heard the phrase Theater of the Oppressed. What I found was a theatrical piece that riveted me to my seat within seconds, and kept me attuned and focused to the very end. This is dramatization, yes, but of authentic human experience, without either bombast or easy blame. This could just as well be called Theater of the Wise as well, by those of us who were present that good evening.” –Rev. Mark Belletini on Hector Aristizabal’s performance of “Nightwind” last year at OSU