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In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre / Avalon Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
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Thursday Oct 18, 2012 8:00 PM - Sunday Oct 28, 2012 3:00 PM | $10.00 - $12.00


Mad with greed, fixed on power, and bound by history, birth and insanity, this puppet fable explores the conquest of the indigenous populations of North and Central America through the wild journey of a conquistador. Investigating the colonial mentality through gold mountains, barbecue, and Honest Abe, amidst a raging contemporary din of ongoing imperial violence, Hidebound seeks an elusive message of reconciliation and healing. The Hidebound project is one of seventeen plays from the Soulographie series written by Erik Ehn. For more on the entire series, see soulographie.org.

The performance will run about 40 minutes and will be followed by a salon-style discussion. October 28th's performance will be ASL-interpreted.


October 18th: PAUL DOSH  
A Macalester professor in the Latin American Studies department, Paul has been engaged with social justice struggles in the Americas for most of his life. Before joining the Macalester faculty in 2004, Paul Dosh taught at Carleton College, the University of California at Berkeley, and San Quentin Prison.  A Fulbright-Hays scholar, he is the recipient of several teaching awards, and is an expert on Latin American politics and social movements.

October 19th: ERIK EHN
Erik Ehn is the author of the 17 plays in the Soulographie: Our Genoicides series.  His creative relationships have led him from San Francisco to New York City and all points in between. Erik is an artist-activist, and a founder of the Arts in the One World Conference, as well as the head of Playwriting at Brown University.

October 20th: TISH JONES
The founder, executive, and artistic director of a developing non-profit arts organization called TruArtSpeaks, Tish Jones teaches performance art and creative writing in schools, libraries, art centers and prisons throughout the Twin Cities. She is a spoken word artist, activist, educator, and organizer from St. Paul, MN.Tish was named one of the City Pages "Artists of The Year" along with mention in the Star Tribune as an "Artist on the Verge" in 2007. Tish has performed on many stages, locally and nationally, as both an independent artist and as a member of Minnesota's state slam team in 2006.

Join Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and members of the religious peace and justice community as they share their experiences of life in Latin America during the birth and growth of the radical liberation theology movement.

October 25th: OLGA GONZALEZ
Olga Gonzalez is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include the relationship between memory and secrecy, visuality and representation, vernacular/popular art, the politics of truth and reconciliation, violence and subjectivity, and Latin America. Professor González has a master's degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College-Columbia University (1996) and a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University (2006).

October 26th: GUANTE
Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist and educator. His work, which explores the places where progressive politics, magical realism, working-class identity and the power of perspective intertwineApart from these artistic endeavors, Guante also founded and manages the MN Activist Project, freelances as a music writer, curates the Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series and facilitates writing and performance workshops for youth.

October 27th: BEN FINK
Ben is a historian, political and cultural theorist, and rhetorician by training, and a teacher, actor, and director by nature, who strives to embody in his teaching and writing that interplay of theory and practice that defines public and intellectual work. He specializes in the theory and work of the Theatre of the Oppressed.

Taking as inspiration the following words from Agosto Boal, activist and educator, "Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society," panel members will explore art as a tool for imagining future social and political landscapes.  Members of the local theater community hosted by Louis Alemayhu will offer insight gleaned from their years as artist/activists.


In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre / Avalon Theatre (View)
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States


Arts > Theatre
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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