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The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people March 1, 2015 22:40

The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

The Theatre for Identity “Teatro x la Identidad”, a movement that for 15 years has seen actors, directors and people from the theatrical world [...]
 
An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo January 19, 2015 03:47

An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

The enunciation of the words is an oral expression, which also exists in sexual relations. But very often the man seems to be the [...]
 
Circolombia to return in spring January 13, 2015 01:34

Circolombia to return in spring

Following the resounding success of “Urban” in 2011, circus performance company Circolombia will bring its latest production to the London stage from the 14th [...]
 
 
The Latin American Theatre Festival comes to London October 5, 2014 00:02

The Latin American Theatre Festival comes to London

From the 10th to the 19th of October, different locations across London will embrace the work of artists from various branches of theatre.   [...]
 
Drama as therapy for victims of sexual abuse May 11, 2014 00:02

Drama as therapy for victims of sexual abuse

On the 19th of May, a play exploring themes of domestic violence will take to the stage in central London.    The play, lasting [...]
 
“Even if we lose our lives” February 23, 2014 02:33

“Even if we lose our lives”

This is the evocative title of a dramatised reading that will be performed by Amnesty International on the 28th of February, to raise awareness [...]
 
 
Theatre of working class inspiration November 10, 2013 03:19

Theatre of working class inspiration

A new version of the theatrical work “The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists” will be performed this coming 27th November. The book is considered to be a [...]
 
Marcel Marceau: the voice without sound July 21, 2013 14:45

Marcel Marceau: the voice without sound

    Born on the 22nd of March in Strasbourg, France, Marcel Marceau entered into eternal silence at the age of 87 on the [...]
 
The incomparable water puppets June 23, 2013 22:51

The incomparable water puppets

Vietnamese company Thang Long (translation: Flying Dragon), better known as the Water Puppet Theatre, is still much loved by those who have been lucky [...]
 
 
“Reel Iraq”: culture stops for no war March 3, 2013 00:01

“Reel Iraq”: culture stops for no war

From the 21st to the 25th of March, this London festival hosts a number of activities showcasing Iraq’s cultural development during the conflict that [...]
 
Do you hear the people sing?  One Day More January 27, 2013 20:00

Do you hear the people sing? One Day More

Recently Tom Hooper’s stunning adaptation of Victor Hugo’s incredible novel ‘Les Miserables’, has brought to light that despite significant technological changes, social issues have [...]
 
The other Hamlet January 20, 2013 22:35

The other Hamlet

William and Tommy Jessop fight to make the documentary of a play, starring young people with Down syndrome or learning disabilities. Text by Olga [...]
 
 
Bataklan: education through theatre January 20, 2013 19:20

Bataklan: education through theatre

In Colombia, Bataklan are breaking with tradition by teaching artistic subjects to move children away from violence and educate them with values such as [...]
 
Ernesto Sevilla and his “Coconut Monologues” November 25, 2012 20:17

Ernesto Sevilla and his “Coconut Monologues”

This actor, director, scriptwriter and producer debuts his show in London on the 29th of November. “Coconut Monologues”, the latest production by Ernest Sevilla, [...]
 
Bridging the cultural divide November 5, 2012 00:01

Bridging the cultural divide

A London-based group uses different mediums to accent the impact Spanish-speaking artists in every form have made on a grand scale. The Latin American [...]
 
 
 

The Prisma News

  • Culture, Human Rights, On Stage, Politiks The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

    The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

    The Theatre for Identity “Teatro x la Identidad”, a movement that for 15 years has seen actors, directors and people from the theatrical world bring the message of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the stage, returning to The Calder Bookshop and Theatre, this time with the stage play “The...

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  • Comments, In Focus Women!

    Women!

    People say sometimes the first thing that comes to their minds (we all do, I guess; however, some of us try to avoid it or at least to rectify when we get it wrong).   Mabel Encinas   Saying things like ‘excessive traffic is migrants’ fault’, ‘English people have also the right to...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus What does UKIP mean?

    What does UKIP mean?

    Last year’s Rochester and Strood by-election victory for the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, Mark Reckless, was a game-changer for British politics.   Steve Latham   It came hard on the heels of UKIP’s Clacton win by Douglas Carswell; both new MPs standing for seats they had previously...

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  • Comments, In Focus The illustrators of life

    The illustrators of life

    “There is too much blood; too much violence”,  Albert Camus.  I had thought that I would start the year with good memories and nostalgia. However, the Charlie Hebdo massacre has brought back memories of when, in the late 80s, Castaño’s paramilitaries shot down ‘JUCO’ militants –...

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  • Culture, Multiculture, Our People, Visual Arts Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    She has worked on projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, although her work is based mainly around Latin America, the region in which she grew up.   Juanjo Andres Cuervo Photos by Angelika Berndt    She first started in photography by helping the non-government organisation Anti Slavery International...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Writing, says Lispector, is not knowing what’s coming next. To find out, we throw another word out, as bait: which words will take the bait, if indeed any? Or will nothing follow but a void?   Carlos Skliar*   If it’s true that the world started with a yes, wrote Lispector, if it’s true...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Music Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after performing a dance.    Wilfredo Alayón   At the conductor’s signal, an orchestra that had regaled those at the soirée on 1st January began to play...

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  • Comments, In Focus Power, for whom?

    Power, for whom?

    I met Isidoro Morantes on that 2nd day of January, at the age of 84. People say on that day his age was not noticeable like other times. In spite of his vitality making you forget for moments his advanced years, he was an old man.   Armando Orozco Tovar   That night Isidoro seemed younger asking for...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Birdman flies

    Birdman flies

    As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound to identify with – she, of course, meant me.   Steve Latham   The movie is centred on the emotions of a man in the midst of his mid-life crisis, wondering whether his life...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture The great battle announced by women

    The great battle announced by women

    Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of a Standard Bearer”, by the 19th Century writer and painter José María Espinosa, and published in the 71 volumen15 by the Banco Popular.   Armando Orozco Tovar   They...

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  • Culture, Screen Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    The Catalonian director took a gamble on a documentary about the true-life story and difficulties of the life of a famous gay HIV-positive museum curator.   Virginia Moreno Molina   The idea of the documentary “Ignasi M” emerged by chance while Ventura Pons was trying to picture a “silly”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Greeks bearing gifts

    Greeks bearing gifts

    As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from their obligations under the debt rescue plan.   Steve Latham   This is the second act of the drama unfolding after the election victory of Syriza,...

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  • Comments, In Focus Faces and traces

    Faces and traces

    Faces are part of the individual and collective imaginations. They are invented. This is especially so of those belonging to characters who have made a strong impression on others.   Rostros y rastros – Rostros Borrados by Juana la Loca flickr.com/photos/74049931@N07/6839899278/ Armando Orozco...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Terror & democracy in Islam

    Terror & democracy in Islam

    The key issue is the development of moderate political Islam. Violent repression of Islamic movements only removes the possibilities for integration of the deeply rooted religion into the political processes in those countries which were in the hands of westernised elites during the colonial period,...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Parallel London

    Parallel London

    Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival gangs.   Steve Latham   Instead of the black-on-white violence which characterised the 1990s, this was a fight between two Asian gangs. In parts of London, the chequerboard of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    In the current hysteria about jihadi attacks in Europe, a sober analysis is important, to assess the real risks we face while also understanding their sources. What are the deeper psychological and social motives of volunteer jihadis? What part does the Islamic theory of war play, and what happened to...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    “There is an aesthetic precariousness, poverty, and neglect in the open desolation where the dead have neither surnames nor temples.”   Reina Magdariaga Lardue   The Colombian artists Bibiana Vélez and Cristo Hoyos express in their art a reflection of the consequences of the armed...

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  • Culture, Music “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of the most successful songs of their careers.   Cecilia Todd, photo from corriente-alterna.net Martha Sánchez   For them, 2015 began in Havana...

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  • Comments, In Focus And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    The “work sets you free” sign remains at the entrance of the Nazi hell… The camp´s prisoners endured cruel forced labour on top of the intense cold, all types of hunger, torture, a variety of illnesses, and their bodies were subject to physical and chemical experimentation.   Armando Orozco...

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  • Culture, Pages, Visual Arts Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Photo from www.gritodemujer.com The Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional Inc. (MPI, International Female Poets Movement) in the Dominican Republic has already published the list of countries that have confirmed their involvement at the Grito de Mujer (The Cry of Women) International Poetry Festival...

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