I worked as an English teacher in a place called Sierra de Gata, an extremely isolated region of Cáceres, Extremadura. As its name suggests, life in Extremadura can be tough, it is one of the poorest parts of Spain (extrema = extreme, dura = hard). Sharing a border with Portugal, Extremadura is known for its abundance of land and fiercely traditional way of life.
Winning Grammy Awards and Latin music accolades later in his stardom timeline, El Cigala is now considered one of Spain's top artists. And even though he has sometimes been criticised for moving onto various forms of fusion flamenco styles and even moving out of Spain, El Cigala assured Spanish Australia Magazine that he still remains true to the old-style flamenco as well as to his beloved birth country Spain. By writer, Paola Ghirelli.
The first thing that I thought when I was interviewing Venezuelan born actor and director, Alirio Zavarce was 'wow, this man is definitely emotionally in tune'. Why do I say that? Well, the way in which he has chosen to interpret the challenging themes of his latest two theatre productions. By Paola Ghirelli.
It is the opening night and fifteen minutes before the show starts, Spanish speakers from different backgrounds and the occasional English-speaking friend gather in expectation. I missed their first production back in October, 'The Toothbrush' so I'm intrigue by a performance in Spanish with English surtitles...