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Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

"No human being is illegal”: Polarized Theatre of the Oppressed with Asylum Seekers and Israeli Citizens

Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public
Since its inception in Latin America in the 1970s, Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) has continually been adjusted to remain relevant as a tool for revolutionary social change. Israeli activist and scholar Chen Alon has worked with various groups to create what he terms a “Polarized” TO model. In this talk, Alon discusses the Polarized TO model and its application to Holot Legislative Theatre (HLT), a group he co-founded composed of African Asylum seekers and Israeli allies. Through TO-based interactive performances, HLT aims to arouse public and legal debate leading to political transformation. The presentation includes the digital presence of HLT actor Nouraldin Mussa, an asylum seeker from Darfur currently residing in Canada. 
Dr. Chen Alon is a theatre activist, actor and director, the head of Community-Based Theatre and Artivism for social change program, at the theatre department of Tel Aviv University. 
Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.

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