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Blind theater redefines experience, promotes social inclusion


05-03-2016 15:26 BJT

An acting troupe in Mexico is attempting to change the concept of theater from a primarily visual experience to something that utilizes the body's other senses. Theater for the blind is an innovate idea that promotes social inclusion and invites audience members to experience a play without seeing it. 

The Carlos Ancira theatre group has created a new experience for audience members. A play that makes guests watch the performance blindfolded while being bombarded with different sounds and smells. It takes an active imagination to visualize the play that is being performed in front of them.

This is the seventeenth year that this group has been performing plays for the blind and the general public. It has been such a success that they have been invited to showcase it all over the world.

But it is not just members of the audience that are blind. Omar Martinez is one of the stars of the show. Playing the lead role of Mr. Strong in production of The House of Desires, he lost vision at the age of 14 but soon found a new calling in theatre. 

But for Omar despite these challenges, in the end he feels it's worth it. 

Soon Omar and the acting troupe will be taking the show on the road and are scheduled to travel to Spain later this year. Staging their innovative show to a whole new audience. 

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