Chilean artist Cristian Beltrán is returning for a third year as an ArtCorps Artist. He studied theater at Chile’s School of Dramatic Arts, and since the age of 17 has dedicated himself professionally to his love of theater. It is the political and popular nature of this art form that Cristian most enjoys. For Cristian, in order for theater to exist, there must an actor and a spectator, so that communication takes place. The actor’s best weapon is the stage, and he should use it in a provocative manner to generate constant movement and reach the spectator’s sub-consciousness.
Since completing his theater training, Cristian has taught mime, comedy and acting. He taught acting classes at the university level and workshops, and managed the Cultural Expansion program of a foundation that promotes reading in rural schools in central and southern Chile. Cristian is an experienced musician and was part of the traveling theater and music company GRUPOTE. During his first two years as an ArtCorps Artist in Guatemala, Cristian learned that his work is a life-long commitment to the people with whom he works. Cristian firmly believes that theater takes on its own life as a work unfolds, changing the lives of the actors and spectators forever. This makes it a useful tool for advancing the mission and community work of the organization with which he collaborates. Artistically, he concentrates on the idea of abandonment, and through this idea he puts all of his knowledge and will at the service of others.
“[ArtCorps] has helped me tremendously to understand my reason for being.”
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