Intimate Choreographies: Love, Hierarchy and the Domestic Space in Alias María

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Paper presentation in the Applied Theatre working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).


A dining room can stage various forms of intimate interactions within a household, from loving acts of care and nourishment to abusive dynamics that reinforce violent hierarchies. The domestic space is therefore a territory where boundaries are established, both physical and emotional. It is a space where individuals constantly negotiate conflict and engage in practices of resistance that, on occasion, dismantle notions of what types of lives are worth living. Drawing on the Colombian film Alias María (2015), this paper explores how war related violence informs the domestic space. Alias María explores reproductive and sexual violence within guerrilla organisations following the lives of child soldiers within an insurgent armed group. By focusing on a domestic setting within a conflict zone, I explore what Cockburn terms a ‘continuum of violence’ and its intersections with reproductive rights (2004) . How can a better understanding of this continuum of violence inform applied theatre practice in conflict zones? In which ways does an emphasis on domestic abuse in transitional contexts contribute to peace building?
Period1 Sept 2023
Held atUniversity of Leeds, United Kingdom