Festival delivers top Latin talent
18 July, 2019 — By Leo Garib
Butch Princesa, part of the CASA Festival, is a show from Venezuela about coming out. Arcola Studio 2, Friday 8.30pm. Photo: Jahel Guerra
DOZENS of South America’s top actors and dancers are flying into London this week for a unique stage festival.
They will link with award-winning British Latin American performers for the CASA Festival, one of the largest South American festivals in the world.
The two weeks of plays, dance productions, concerts and films will be at the Arcola theatre in Dalston, Rich Mix in Shoreditch and the Rio cinema in Dalston.
The annual festival, which began 12 years ago in a crypt under St Andrew’s church, Farringdon, is now internationally acclaimed as one of the most important stage events of the year.
Organisers tour South America on the lookout for award-winning or ground-breaking productions to bring over. This year’s festival includes plays from seven countries, about suprematism and dictators, little-known Latin American heroines, gay couples adopting, immigration and coming out, as well as a multi-award-winning take on a French classic. There are also Afro-Cuban singers and films.
“The productions come from different places, tackle very different themes and tell very different stories,” said CASA chief Cordelia Grierson.
“There’s an extremely interesting mix of experimental and traditional work.”
She added there will also be Latin food, drink and talks held by the performers.
• CASA Festival runs until July 27. Call 020 7503 1646 or visit www.casafestival.org.uk for details.