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South America, Colombia

‘Together, we can bring about a better world–but first, we must imagine.’ 

ImaginAction Theater Inc. is a non-profit theatre arts organization whose workshops and performances travel the world. Their work has been influenced by Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Theatre of Witness, Psychodrama, traditional storytelling, mask-making, drumming, dance and creative ritual. In traditional societies, ritual weaves the wounded individual back into the group. In ImaginAction workshops, they use theatre to create rituals, allowing participants to recreate themselves and the community around them. 

During 2014, ImaginAction practitioner Hector Aristizabal and Luc Opdebeeck had been experimenting with Boal’s Legislative theatre techniques at the van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. Their intervention was part of the arte útil [useful art] manifestation at the Van Abbe. There, they created a so-called ‘anti-model’ with senior citizens from Eindhoven and local politicians to explore legislative aspects of political issues related to ageing. This intervention was performed at ICAF 2014. 

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