cultural programme april 2015 - Instituto Cervantes in London

cultural programme
april 2015
Latin American Dictatorships Series #1:
Human Rights and the Judiciary in
Post-Authoritarian Argentina
By Dr. Ezequiel González Ocantos
THU 16, 6:30pm
In English
Organised by Canning House and Instituto Cervantes London
Auditorium Instituto Cervantes London
Tickets £10 | Concessions £5 for members of Canning House and
Instituto Cervantes London (code CERVANTESMEMBER)
Canning House and Instituto Cervantes are co-presenting this series of talks
that looks at military dictatorships in 20th Century Latin America and their
legacies to present day. Each talk will focus on a different country.
This lecture explores the role of the Argentine judiciary in addressing the
legacies of state repression. The unprecedented wave of human rights
prosecutions currently under way in Argentina is the result of a profound
ideational transformation in the judicial branch orchestrated by human
rights activists since the early 1990s. The lecture will show that despite
the importance of changes in civil-military relations and the human rights
policies promoted by the executive branch, the recent explosion of human
rights trials would have not been possible in the absence of changes in the
legal cultures of key judicial players, or without the dismantling of island of
corporatist resistance to the trials by judicial actors in several provinces and
in the upper echelons of the federal judiciary. Ezequiel González Ocantos –
Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International
Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in Nuffield
College. His current book project explores the behaviour of Latin American
judges in cases of serious human rights violations. His articles have been
published in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics
and Comparative Political Studies. González Ocantos holds a B.A. in Social
and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in
Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.
“Hand In Hand” at Southwark Cathedral
A bilingual recital by the Spanish Theatre Company
FRI 17 & SAT 18, 8:00pm
In English and Spanish
With the collaboration of the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs,
Embassy of Spain in the UK and Instituto Cervantes London
Media partner El Ibérico
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Tickets £15
Further information:
A bilingual recital composed of sonnets by William Shakespeare and Lope
de Vega, and monologues from both of their dramatic works. They will be
recited in their original language and accompanied by music of the period,
performed live on laud, guitar, violoncello, and with a mezzosoprano.
‘Hand in Hand’ is not simply a recital but a staging in which the actors will
have costume and props, bringing the texts more to life for the public. This
performance by Spanish Theatre Company will express the spirit of the
newly formed company very well. Alicia Sánchez will be the guest director,
working in close collaboration with the artistic director of STC, Jorge de
Juan. Both of them are to participate as performers.
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio (1562 – 1635) was a Spanish playwright and
poet. He was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Age.
His reputation in the world of Spanish literature is second only to that of
Cervantes, while the sheer volume of his literary output is unequalled,
making him one of the most prolific authors in the history of literature.
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet, playwright and
actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and
the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works, including some 38
plays 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the
authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated
into every major living language and are performed more often than those
of any other playwright.
Jorge Guillén y la poesía como símbolo
de esperanza
By Dr. Diana Cullell (University of Liverpool)
MON 20, 6:30pm
In English
Organised by the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs,
Embassy of Spain in the UK and Instituto Cervantes London
Admission free
Further information:
Jorge Guillén (1893 – 1984) member of the Generación del 27, which also included some of
the most prominent figures in Spanish literature such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti,
Pedro Salinas and Luis Cernuda. He studied Philosophy and Literature in Granada and Madrid, at
the Residencia de Estudiantes. He graduated in 1913. He taught Spanish at Sorbonne University
(Paris) from 1917 to 1923 (also at Oxford years later), where he began to write his first collection
of poems called Cántico (Song of Praise). The first edition was published in 1929 in the Revista
de Occidente. Guillén shows a strong influence of Juan Ramón Jiménez but rejects his persistent
tendency toward sublimation of human emotions into transcendental or symbolic values. In
1924, he earned his PhD, with a dissertation on Góngora’s notoriously difficult and, at that time,
neglected long poem Polifemo. In 1925, he became the chair of Literature at Universidad de
Murcia and three years after at Universidad de Sevilla. Guillén went into exile during the Spanish
Civil War (1938) to the United States, where he taught Literature and Spanish Language at
Wellesley College for 20 years, until his retirement in 1957. He continued to give lectures at
Harvard, Princeton and Puerto Rico. Jorge Guillén has been awarded prestigious prizes such as
Premio Miguel de Cervantes (1976), the Premio Internacional Alfonso Reyes (1977), the Award of
Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the San Luca Prize (1964), the Ollin Yolitzli
Prize and the Bennet Prize for poetry (1975). He returned to Spain in 1977 and died in 1984 in
Malaga. The bulk of his work is collected together in the book Aire nuestro, published in 1968,
comprising three of his major books: Cántico (1928), Clamor (in three volumes in 1957, 1960,
and 1963) and Homenaje (1967).
Dr. Diana Cullell is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool, where she
has been lecturing and researching since 2008. She completed her undergraduate degrees in
Spanish Philology and in Romance Philology at the Universitat de Girona (Spain), before moving
to the University of Manchester in 2004, where she completed MA and her PhD in Spanish
Literature. Dr. Cullell’s main research interests are Spanish and Catalan Contemporary Poetry
and Fiction; in particular new forms of poetry, representations of the body in poetry and notions
of identity in Catalan poetry. Diana Cullell has published extensively on her research topics. She
is the author of La poesía de la experiencia española de finales del siglo XX al XXI (Devenir,
2010) and of Spanish Contemporary Poetry (Manchester University Press, 2014). She is Assistant Editor of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and Editorial Board Member for Devenir Ensayo.
the waiting room.
Spanish exile in the United Kingdom
MON – FRI 10:30am – 7:00pm
SAT 10:30am – 3:30pm
Exhibition Room and Room 01, Instituto Cervantes London
Admission free
Further information:
The waiting room. Spanish exile in the United Kingdom
Spanish exiles arrived in the UK in the first part of the XX century.
Trapped between two wars their presence was a period of transition
that for some became permanent. This project serves to introduce a
dialogue about the intellectual contribution of those who came to this
country and to present their story as part of the very history of the UK.
Would it be possible today to rethink the notion of exile beyond its
typical association of being a forced condition? Could that formulation
give place to the creation of a new outcome, a global citizen able to
transit among borders and cultures? The Waiting Room through two
months of music, cinema, book, documentary, talks and art intends
to explore these vital questions around exile, memory and identity,
highlighted by a city as extraordinary as London.
AT Instituto Cervantes London concert series #5:
Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas & Helen Sanderson
THU 30, 7:00pm
Organised by Instituto Cervantes London
In collaboration with ILAMS
Auditorium Instituto Cervantes London
Tickets: £12; Concessions £6 members of Instituto Cervantes London,
ILAMS, senior citizens, full-time students and ES40 holders
Booking: [email protected] | 0207 201 0752
Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is a sophisticated virtuoso of the guitar. Born
in Havana, he graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA Havana)
in Guitar for which he was awarded a first-class honours degree. In 2005
he went to England to study with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell at the Royal
College of Music immediately winning prizes at the Royal College of Music
Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. In 2006 he
undertook further studies with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School
of Music & Drama. Dickinson Cardenas has performed at the Royal Albert
Hall, Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead, Union Chapel, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St
Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music with Charles
Ramirez, and accompaniment with John Blakely, graduating with the
Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Madeline Walton Prize for Guitar. Her
passion for chamber music has led to partnerships with eminent counter
tenor James Bowman, tenor Mark Wilde and mezzo-soprano Susan Legg.
As a founder member of the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Helen has performed
at many of the UK’s prestigious concert venues including the Southbank
Centre, King’s Place, St. Georges-Bristol, and the Sage Gateshead. Helen is
founder and Artistic Director of Winchester Guitar Festival.
Héctor Angulo Para Roberto y Clara | Dedicación/Momento musical
Carlos Fariñas Música para dos guitarras (UK premiere)
Eduardo Martín Suite Habana | Sones y flores | Aguas profundas (UK premiere)
| Hasta Alicia baila | Preludio, canto y rezo a Obatalá
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