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Terrorism and Torture on Stage


By Rachel Weight

Colombian aristizabal.jpgdirector, actor, and playwright Hector Aristizábal will present Nightwind: A Performance and Discussion, a disturbing multi-character solo performance that reenacts the true story of his arrest and torture and his brother’s torture-murder by the U.S.-supported military and Columbia. His performance asks the question “What makes a terrorist?” and explores possible outcomes of the terrorized victim; violent rage, or a channeling of the impulse and energy into the peace movement?

He is accompanied onstage by Enzo Fina, providing a live sound score. After the 35-minute performance, Aristizábal’s audience has the opportunity to participate in an active workshop based on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, and then engage in a discussion with Aristizábal and his collaborators.

Hector Aristizábal serves on the board of the Program for Torture Victims, and is co-founder of the Columbia Peace Project, the Columbian Children’s Project, and the Theatre of the Oppressed Applied Theatre in Los Angeles. He is currently the clinical director and co-founder of CITYSCAPE, an Art Therapy program, and works as a consultant for several organizations in the Los Angeles area.

The performance takes place on Thursday, February 22 at 4 p.m. in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB at UCSB.

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