"A Theatre of Love to loosen the grip of Fear"
Teatro Korazon is a non-profit "Theatre of Love" based in Los Angeles and Kansas city that challenges outmoded models of gender, sexuality, and relationships and explores, envisions, creates, and models inspiring new possibilities. Drawing upon human evolution, anthropology, and pre-patriarchal archæology as well as contemporary theoretical approaches and neuroscience, Teatro Korazon creates visceral performances, ranging from the comedic to erotic, in order to heal the ravages of domination, scarcity, and fear-based cultural models and invite a more loving, balance, and harmonious "post-patriarchal" world.
Visionary theatre directors from Jerzy Grotowski to Augusto Boal created ensembles of talented and passionate performers to train together intensively, collectively creating fertile new unique, social milieus in which it was possible to discover new ways of being, expressing, and communicating. These type of ensembles and techniques have proven highly effective in creating truly new culture through moving performance pieces that directly addressed the challenges of the larger society and offered inspiring alternatives. Teatro Korazon will apply this model to vital issues of love and sexuality that have been tragically marginalized and censored in the dominant world cultures, in order to heal past trauma and inspire the desire for a more loving world.
Teatro Korazon was founded six months after the tragic passing of its founder's fiancé in an accident on February 16, 2016. Elizabeth Nell Reilly created her artist name of "Kora Hayes" as an homage to the ancient name for Persephone "Kore" and Hades, an indication not only of her love of myth but also her willingness to "go to the underworld to keep bringing back the life for others." She was a brilliant spirit, writer, and healer whose love, wit, and passion touched and inspired so many. Her spirit lives through the work of Teatro Korazon whenever it can bring love, delight, and healing to peoples hearts.
More information at KoraHayes.com and donations can be made to the Kora Fund, enabling non-traditional, passionate students like her to participate in the Op-Ed Project's transformative workshops.