Afghan community-based theatre practitioner and independent theatre artist Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn was in residency with ICAN for six weeks in March 2012.
During his time in the North West, Hjalmar worked with local professionals in his fully subscribed masterclass in The Playhouse, teaching new methodologies, which they can apply to their own community-based work.
The acclaimed international artist also brought his different interactive theatre methodologies to Coleraine, working with young people in three different areas of Coleraine, Harpurs Hill, The Heights and Ballysally. Working with Coleraine Community group, Focus on Family, the project challenged and encouraged young people to explore social issues affecting them in their area.
Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn works as an independent community-based theatre practitioner and has used different interactive theatre methodologies as a conflict transformation, reconciliation and community-building tool in various conflict and (post-) conflict countries including Colombia, Ucraine, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. As one of the founders of the AHRDO, Hjalmar has helped create an independent organization that employs a variety of arts and theatre-based programs, creating space for dialogue, peace-building, social justice and public participation.
Hjalmar also holds a Masters in Peace and Development Studies and is driven by the belief that it is ordinary people that must be at the core of any genuine peace building endeavour. He strives to create physical and emotional safe spaces, allowing for deep personal and collective introspection as well as the creation of genuinly respectful human relationships. These relationships eventually result in the self-empowerment and mobilization necessary for peace from below to occur.