Photo’s of Lleca Teatro at ICAF2017!

We are absolutely blown away by the beautiful experiences we have had at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam. We could not be more grateful for the people we have met, the feelings and moments shared, and the opportunities presented. Thank you #ICAF2017 for everything!!!

The road over has been rough, full of obstacles, but more than worth it for all of us. We leave you with some images of Caín y los Perros, as presented at ICAF2017 by Lleca Teatro’s mixed former prisoner-actor group. Thank you Kevin Ryan & Liao Yun Ching, and Mairea for the amazing photography!!

A special thank you to everyone who came to see Caín y los Perros in Rotterdam and in Amsterdam, to those who attended Lleca’s farewell Cumbia party, and to those who so warmly invited and accompanied us on this journey. Without all of you this would not be possible! Hasta la próxima!!

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“Cain and the Dogs” in the Netherlands

“Cain and the Dogs” is a physical journey through the experience of confinement, created with Nicaraguan prisoners. It takes the biblical story of the first murder, between blood brothers Cain and Abel, as its point of departure. Visually intense, this physical theater play draws out both the human and the animal qualities within us. Cain is brother and dog, leader of a pack and suffering loner. What happens when violence brings out the worst in us?

Originally created by Lleca Teatro in prison (2015) and toured with police escort in Nicaragua, the play has also been the vehicle to freedom for its prisoner-actors. On occasion of the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) hosted in the Netherlands, it has been especially re-made with a small group of now former prisoners of the original prison theater group. As a physical theater play, “Cain and the Dogs” has no spoken text, but is presented through music, sound, and the actors’ bodies.
Presentation dates:
Friday 31 March – 20.45 @ Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam (ICAF Presentation – Reservations here)
Thursday 6 April – 17.45 @ CREA, Amsterdam (Facebook event here – Reservations with Julienne: j.h.j.weegels@cedla.nl)
After the presentation at CREA there will be opportunity to meet Lleca Teatro’s director and actors. We are also organizing a farewell dinner & party at “De Peper” (Overtoom 301, Amsterdam) on Saturday 8 April.

We hope to see you!!

** Nicaraguan theater collective and artistic-cultural organization “Lleca Teatro” both trains prisoners in physical theater (since 2009) and incorporates former prisoners into its collective. The organization is committed to the bettering of prisoner economic, social and cultural rights. More information? See our different project tabs on this website and/or write us at lleca.teatro@gmail.com **

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ICAF2017: Performance date for ‘Cain and the Dogs’!

The International Community Arts Festival program is now online! We are very excited to announce that Lleca Teatro will be performing its physical theater play “Cain and the Dogs” on Friday night 31 March at 8.45 PM on the main stage of Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam!

“Cain and the Dogs” has been co-created with prisoners of Lleca’s theatre in prison program in 2015, and toured throughout Nicaragua over 2015-16 with our 13-member prison theatre group. Over the course of time, various prisoners have been released. For our invitation to ICAF, five of Lleca Teatro’s former prisoner-actors, and its director, have been reworking the play. We’re very excited to perform it for you!

More information about the full ICAF program and festival here! A direct link to tickets for our Zuidplein performance here — hope to see you there!!

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Cumbia Carcelera – Benefit in Amsterdam

It’s time to party Central American style again señores y señoritas!!! ^.^

The Cumbia Carcelera *Prison Cumbia* DJ’s are on a mission to get you high on cumbia, ska, oldskool reggeatón, dembow & dancehall! Combine that with a full dosis of solidarity with LLECA’s Theatre from Prison program in Nicaragua ^.^

We take off at 20.00 with the best Tropical DJ’s del momento: DJ Eduardo and DJ Rengo Estarr – known for their record-spinning skills at big Latin parties like Qué Pasa and many many cumbia parties gone-by — and all equally solidary with the Nicaraguan Theatre in Prison initiative!! So,

Put on your dancing shoes, you’ll need ‘em ; )

Hope to see you all there!!! ^.^
Love,
LLECA’s NL Crew: Julienne, Lucía & Ruby

FREE entrance * on the spot Quesadillas * Donation box for LLECA Theatre in Prison, Nicaragua! (www.lleca.org) * [[cash only!]]


Schijnheilig’s Vondelbunker is located under the bridge in the Vondelpark: when walking/biking into the park from the city-centre side, look to your right *before* going under the bridge – you’ll see a dark green door in the bridge’s wall there! That’s the doorway to Heaven ^.^

Lleca Teatro (LLECA) makes theatre with (former) prisoners in Nicaragua since 2009. We’re able to finance the theatre program and its productions largely through the hosting of benefit activities in Amsterdam’s squat/underground scene. We are currently fundraising to bring prison theater play ‘Cain and the Dogs’ to the Netherlands for the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in Rotterdam (29March-4April). More info & photos of the Nicaraguan prison theater productions, visit: www.lleca.org : )

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Nicaraguan dinner for LLECA @ Joe’s Garage, Amsterdam

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Dear friends,
To celebrate the new year, LLECA is hosting a Nicaraguan dinner party for its Prison Theatre collective in Nicaragua! We will be cooking a delicous tropical meal at Joe’s Garage on Thursday 19 January, accompanied by a good sip of rum Flor de Caña!! Dinner starts at 19.00 until we run out, and of course there will be lovely latin tunes for your bellies and ears ^.^
Hope to see you there!!
Lleca’s NL crew,
Julienne, Ruby, Leticia & Rodrigo

Menu:
[appetizer] Sopa de frijoles – black bean soup
[main] Indio viejo con tostones y pico de gallo – typical Nicaraguan mashed maize dish with vegetables, green plantain fritters and tomato salad (see event photo for an impression of the dish!)

Joe’s Garage is a donation-based vegan “voku” (people’s kitchen). Though €4 is their regular meal price, we would much appreciate if you can afford to donate more (€5 to €7) as we will be cooking with traditional ingredients : )
Rum Flor de Caña cocktails (mojito, nica libre or straight) will be available for just €3,50! ^.^
[Joe's is a squat so cash only ;) ]

More information about Lleca Teatro’s prison theatre program? Visit www.lleca.org, write me, or look us up on Facebook! [Lleca Teatro]

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Benefit Party for Lleca Teatro in Amsterdam

It’s time to party Nica-style for Lleca Teatro’s Prison Theater program!! Our group of former prisoner-actors will be coming on tour to present ‘Cain and the Dogs’ at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in Rotterdam next year, so we’re calentando motores raising funds to receive the group! Entrance to the Cumbia Carcelera party is free; two of the Netherlands’ best tropical DJ’s will spin their original style music, there will be fresh steaming hot quesadillas for sale, and Nicaraguan rum Flor de Caña will flow generously – so let’s dance the cold away to get the group over here!!! Hope to see you there…

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Vamos de gira a Europa! // We’ll tour Europe!

Hoy recibimos invitación oficial para participar en el Festival Internacional de Arte Comunitario (ICAF) que se organiza en Rotterdam, Países Bajos, del 27 de marzo al 2 de abril del 2017. Lleca Teatro presentará en el ICAF su obra “Caín y los Perros” con su elenco de actores ex privados de libertad! Es un paso enorme y agradecemos a todos los que nos han apoyado en el camino!!! Especialmente a la Policía Nacional y Dirección de Asuntos Juveniles, León, al Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío, y a nuestro público!!

En torno a nuestra participación en el ICAF estamos organizando una gira europea con presentaciones y conversatorios adicionales en los Países Bajos, Italia y España. También estaremos organizando varias actividades recaudativas. Si está interesado o quiere apoyarnos de alguna manera, favor escríbanos a lleca.teatro@gmail.com – también para recibir nuestro brochure informativo. Muchas gracias!

Hasta pronto en Europa!!

**English**

Today we received our official invitation to participate in the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in the Netherlands next year!! ICAF is a triennial festival, organized in Rotterdam between 27 March and 2 April 2017, and we feel very honored to be invited! Lleca Teatro will be presenting its play “Cain and the Dogs” at the Festival with its theater group of former prisoners. It is a huge step and we are so grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way, especially the Nicaraguan National Police and their Direction for Juvenile Affairs, the National Theater of Managua ‘Rubén Darío’, our audience and donors!

We will be organizing a European Tour around our participation at ICAF, throughout the Netherlands to Italy and Spain. We will also be organizing a number of fundraising activities. If you are interested or would like to help us in any way please e-mail us at lleca.teatro@gmail.com – also for the tour’s Information Brochure. Thank you!

See you in Europe!!!

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Apreciacion de Cain y los Perros

Compartimos aquí una apreciación de la obra “Caín y los Perros” que escribió en su columna para la Bolsa de Noticias el estimado Rafael Vargarruiz luego de presenciar la funcion el pasado 14 de marzo en el Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario. Gracias por sus hermosas palabras!!

VARGARRUIZ CLOSE-UP
Caín y los perros
Rafael Vargarruiz

En esta post modernidad que estamos viviendo en que todo está en revisión y discusión, y como dice el científico: Jean Pierre Garnier Malet… estamos asistiendo al “fin de los tiempos” y todo el conocimiento de los anteriores 26,000 años se nos presenta de golpe frente a nuestra limitada percepción…. entonces, ya no seremos los mismos al tomar conciencia de ello…

En esta era, las diferentes disciplinas del arte, se mezclan para apoyarse mutuamente y producir en el espectador las reacciones emocionales con que de una u otra forma, se quiere llegar al público, que es al fin y al cabo, quien logra terminar nuestra obra, entonces teatro, cine, danza y música pueden converger perfectamente en un espectáculo.

Las no tan cómodas butacas del “Pilar Aguirre”, dejaron de importarme ante la “avant-garde” presentación de la noche de este lunes14 de marzo, un espectáculo que bien pudiera verse en Nueva York o Berlín. Nos recibió un escenario funerario de repartidos cuerpos sin vida y vigilados por un tótem-dios-animal, que desde su albura contrastaba con los negros atuendos de los cuerpos semidesnudos.

Escrita y dirigida por Mick Sarria, esta creación teatral y coreográfica contiene también un concepto cinematográfico. A la acción principal, siguen al mismo tiempo acciones secundarias e incluso terciarias que conforman un universo holístico, como en el cine, con una banda sonora de música dodecafónica.

Y Yahvé dijo a Caín…. Por eso andarás maldito, lejos de esta tierra… y Sarria logra conceptuar esta cita bíblica en una obra de arte, poniendo al teatro nacional a la altura de los tiempos postmodernos. El asesinato de Abel se va desarrollando ante nuestros ojos coreado por ese contingente de perros humanos que enriquecen dramáticamente el primer homicidio de la historia.

Una bolsa de carbón macerado marca el comienzo de una serie de eventos brutales, con que su creador quiere remarcar la condición humana en los instantes anteriores al devenir del raciocinio. La conocida lucha entre civilización y barbarie en todo su esplendor. El sentimiento aberrante de culpa enfermiza. El ser humano hijo de Caín, que viene a este mundo a pagar el castigo de una maldición divina, sin salida, sin ninguna salida.

No he visto en teatro o cine, una creación tan atrevida por ser pura poesía de la miseria humana, del sentimiento primario del pecado, de una falta completa de redención por haber perdido la fe en nosotros mismos, en nuestro prójimo y nuestro creador. Una “masterpiece”, en todo el sentido de la palabra. Al levantarme me busco, instintivamente, el sello que Yahvé puso en nuestra frente cuando nos colocó al este del paraíso.

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Expo Teatro 2016 – Fotos

El pasado lunes 14 de marzo presentamos con el elenco de privados y exprivados de libertad la obra de teatro “Caín y los Perros” en el festival de teatro centroaméricano Expo Teatro 2016, llevado a cabo en el Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío – Sala Experimental Pilar Aguirre.

Estamos muy contentos de presentarles las fotos de la función! Gracias a todos los que asistieron por el tremendo aplauso, al Teatro Nacional y la Policía (Asuntos Juveniles) por la constante confianza en nuestro esfuerzo, y a todos los que nos apoyaron desde lejos con fundación Lleca en Amsterdam!

Last Monday 14 March Lleca’s prisoner and ex-prisoner theatre group presented their play “Caín y los Perros” at the Central American theatre festival Expo Teatro, hosted at the National Theatre Rubén Darío.

These are the pictures of the show! Thank you to everyone who came to see us for the moving applause, to the National Theatre and Police (Juvenile Affairs) for their continuous faith in our efforts, and to those who helped out from afar by attending Lleca’s benefit activities in Amsterdam!

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Nuevo año, nuevos retos // A new year, new challenges!

*English after the photo’s*

Aunque apenas ha arrancado el 2016, ya estamos de vuelta en la Casona (el centro comunitario leonés donde privados de libertad trabajan y reciben clases) para trabajar diario en nuestros planes de este año! Con el grupo de teatro de privados y exprivados de libertad estaremos montando una nueva obra basada en la vida del famoso poeta modernista e intelectual nicaragüense Rubén Darío a los 100 años de su fallecimiento por cirrosis. La obra se llamará “El Archivo del Mundo” y tocará de forma íntima el tema del encierro de las adicciones a través de un lenguaje poético, visual y físico.

En la cárcel leonesa misma hemos iniciado con talleres de teatro y danza todos los miércoles con dos nuevos grupos: uno de 11 menores y otro de 10 mujeres, también mezclando los grupos durante las sesiones de trabajo. Aquí ya algunas primeras fotos!

 

Even though 2016 has only just begun, we’ve been back at the Casona (community centre in León, Nicaragua, where convicted prisoners work & recieve classes) every day to work on our plans for this year! With the (ex) prisoner theatre group we’ll be creating a new play based on Rubén Darío’s life. Darío was a famous Nicaraguan modernist poet and intellectual who died of cirrhosis in 1916. The play will be called ‘El Archivo del Mundo’ (the archive of the world), and intimately touch the matter of confinement and addiction through a poetic, visual and physical scenic language.

In the leonese prison itself we’ve started up theatre and dance workshops every Wednesday with a group of eleven convicted minors and a group of ten women, also mixing the two groups during the sessions. Here are some first pictures!

At the end of January Lleca’s Julienne will return to the Netherlands to start organising a series of fundraisers to support the Theatre from Prison program (all three groups) and raise funds for the new play and the prison workshops. Would you like to help? Don’t hesitate to have a look under the support & collaboration tab to see what you can do, or get in touch with us at lleca.teatro@gmail.com – thank you!

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