Borderlands: Boundaries & Intersections

Photos: Natasha Cohen-Carroll
A 2-Day Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop
with Paloma Irizarry & Hariprasad Kowtha

WHEN: February 4 & 5 • 10AM-4PM each day
TUITION: $40-$120, sliding scale
LUNCH? Included!
PRE-REGISTER via "tophilly@gmail.com"
or call 267-282-1057
Click here to pay online.

Did you have a wall or a fence around your home when you were growing up? If so, who built it? Who or what was the fence meant to protect? Who did the fence keep out? How easy was it to get onto the other side of the fence? What obstacles did you face when trying to pass through?

Based on Gloria Anzaldzúa's seminal work, Borderland/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed is exploring the borderlands between nation-states, the borderlands between languages, the borderlands between neighborhoods and the borderlands between work and home. Using the tools of Image Theatre: movement and stillness, acting and witnessing, observing and storytelling, participants will dive deeply into a study on personal boundaries and the intersections that lie in between.

Join T.O. Philly in a physical and interactive practice as we play games, practice exercises and create scenes designed to confront where each of us end—and where we begin.

Borderlands, Boundaries & Intersections runs a total of two weekend days from 10AM to 4PM, including an hour break for lunch. A small vegan and gluten free meal will be provided during the break. Dress comfortably for movement and warmth. . Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. To pre-register, email "tophilly@gmail.com" or call 267-282-1057. Click her to pay online. All experiences welcome.

The Whole Shebang is located at 11th and Moore Streets. Enter through the parking lot and look for the door on the right.

Extras: Click here for articles, videos, and podcast pieces that we've been posting on the event's Facebook page, all related the idea of Borderlands.

About the Facilitators:

Paloma N. Irizarry started her Theater of the Oppressed journey at Trinity College while pursuing her B.A. in Theater/Dance. In 2014 she moved to Philadelphia and attended the Blind Games workshops and continued to work with T.O. Philly for its summer project on Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge. At the same time Paloma has appeared in various performances, most recently "Capacity for Veracity", a devised piece created in collaboration with Mondegreen Collective for the Philly Fringe, and Alias Ellis McKenzie, a bilingual telenovela/biographic piece under the direction of Thaddeus Phillips.

Hariprasad Kowtha has dedicated his life to performance as a vector of identity and resistance. He sang bhajans with the South Asian community in Phoenix, Arizona, practiced Carnatic vocals and performed Bharathanatyam. He began practicing large and small group facilitation skills in early high school through the Unitown/Anytown camp program. He currently teaches yoga, meditation and movement at the Ahimsa House and at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School. He joined T.O. Philly for Image Theatre in 2014 and continued facilitating the Unpacking Race series in 2016.