Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico’ (2020) – Interview with Cirque’s Artistic Director and Lead Performer

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with an awe-inspiring ode to Mexican culture. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the UK, the acclaimed Canadian circus troupe presents its most ambitious show to date: Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico. Danny Concha catches up with the show’s artistic director Gracie Valdez and leading lady Shelli Epstein to discuss... Continue Reading →

Colombia: Final Reflections

I think it’s fair to say that whenever we invest ourselves into something, we do so expecting a reward. When we go out searching, we want to come back having found something. We want clarity. We want answers. We want to end with a solid conclusion… It is precisely for this reason that I have... Continue Reading →

San Basilio de Palenque: the heart of Afro-Colombia…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MgryNTWCrk&t=20s The tucked-away village of San Basilio de Palenque in northern Colombia undoubtedly deserves a shout-out for being amongst the “most amazing places you’ve never heard of”. To this day, it remains an astonishingly potent symbol of Afro-Colombian identity; a living, breathing, fighting display of community pride and resilience. If Cartagena is the so-called ‘jewel of... Continue Reading →

Catedral de Sal, Zipaquirá: Salvation tastes salty?

One rainy evening, Pedro Medina gave me some good advice: “Whenever you comment on anything paradoxical, controversial or even remotely problematic Danny… hay que hacer sandwich”. Simply put, the idea is to “sandwich” your criticism between two healthy slices of praise; to give the bad with the good. Today, I want to “hacer sandwich” with my comments... Continue Reading →

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