In 2012 Ailin worked with a group of former child combatants to stage “Hozwa Mwana w’u Rwanda”, a fantastical fairy tale scripted by young men at the Child Rehabilitation Centre in Musanze, Rwanda. The hero of this project was Mahirwe (“Chance”), the archetypical child soldier created by one of the young artists, whose simple yet powerfully poetic story managed to shine through a mess of red tape and propaganda. Ailin shares her story, and some of the things she has learned about the advantages of using storytelling as a tool for communicating around difficult experience.
Ailin Conant is an American-born theatre director currently based in London. She is the artistic director of Theatre Témoin, a company dedicated to international collaborations in the creation of new works of socially engaged physical theatre.