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 →

Birds of Passage (2019): An interview with Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego

Following on from the success of their 2015 masterpiece Embrace of the Serpent, Colombian duo Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra are back with Birds of Passage, a powerful and unique vision of the Colombian drug trade, seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayúu community in the Northern tip of Colombia. Danny Concha spoke to the Colombian... Continue Reading →

the garden

I don’t walk through Bethnal Green, I float. I literally feel light as I draw towards the Nomadic Gardens in search of Saleem. I ground myself to the moment, despite all the temptations of my mind to leak some imagined outcome and into the way I should be feeling. I somehow know that there is... Continue Reading →

the community

Nomadic Community Gardens, 2018 there is something deeply seductive about this little discovery; how the place sort of found me, rather than me finding it. ‘the best way that I’ve heard this described is like some sort of oasis’ says Sam, as we walk back, three of us under the floodlit underpass. something so uniquely... Continue Reading →

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