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					SHOWCASES OF BRITISH ARTS
Liverpool, Berlin

Directors and programmers invited by the British Council in Spain will attend the
following British cultural showcases:

BRITISH DANCE EDITION
Liverpool, United Kingdom.
30 January to 2 February

British Dance Edition 2008 will take place in Liverpool, the European Capital of
Culture for 2008. Liverpool's theatres and alternative spaces will be filled with an
eclectic programme of diverse and contemporary performance; profiling new and
emerging work, alongside some of the better known and established dance
companies. This is a wonderful opportunity for programmers from all over Europe
to gather and see the variety that the British Dance scene has to offer.

www.bde2008.co.uk/bde08

WALBERBERG SEMINAR
Rooted Realities and Maps of Migration
Berlin, Germany
24 – 27 January

The twenty-third Walberberg Literature Seminar is a three-day residential
seminar on contemporary writing from Britain organised by the British Council in
Germany which takes place this year at the Akademie Schmöckwith, on the
outskirts of Berlin.
Novelist Patricia Duncker is to chair the seminar. Participating writers include
Andrew Cowan, Alice Oswald, Leila Aboulela, E A Markham and Stephen Knight.
The aim of the seminar is to bring together academics, publishers, translators and
literary journalists with an interest in discussing contemporary writing from the
UK directly with British authors whose work is representative of the contemporary
British literary scene.

www.britishcouncil.org/arts




CERITH WYN EVANS: EXHIBITION
MUSAC Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
26 January to 4 May

… visibleinvisible

Cerith Wyn Evans (Wales, 1958) is an essential point of reference on the London
artistic scene and his sophisticated work, twice presented at the Venice Biennale,
has inspired many of the latest generation of artists. He began his career as
assistant to the film director Derek Jarman and then, in the eighties, made his
own experimental shorts. His installations focus on language and its unfamiliar
relations between space, light and objects, unexpectedly combining neon lighting,
philosophical texts, mirrors, plants and fireworks. With his “Chandelier” sculptures,
Wyn Evans evokes communication with the world of the beyond, using fragments
of text translated into Morse code through pulsing lightbulbs. The exhibition was
curated by Octavio Zaya.

www.musac.es




SHOWCASES OF BRITISH ARTS
Liverpool, Berlin

Directors and programmers invited by the British Council in Spain will attend the
following British cultural showcases:

BRITISH DANCE EDITION
Liverpool, United Kingdom.
30 January to 2 February

British Dance Edition 2008 will take place in Liverpool, the European Capital of
Culture for 2008. Liverpool's theatres and alternative spaces will be filled with an
eclectic programme of diverse and contemporary performance; profiling new and
emerging work, alongside some of the better known and established dance
companies. This is a wonderful opportunity for programmers from all over Europe
to gather and see the variety that the British Dance scene has to offer.

www.bde2008.co.uk/bde08

WALBERBERG SEMINAR
Rooted Realities and Maps of Migration
Berlin, Germany
24 – 27 January

The twenty-third Walberberg Literature Seminar is a three-day residential
seminar on contemporary writing from Britain organised by the British Council in
Germany which takes place this year at the Akademie Schmöckwith, on the
outskirts of Berlin.
Novelist Patricia Duncker is to chair the seminar. Participating writers include
Andrew Cowan, Alice Oswald, Leila Aboulela, E A Markham and Stephen Knight.
The aim of the seminar is to bring together academics, publishers, translators and
literary journalists with an interest in discussing contemporary writing from the
UK directly with British authors whose work is representative of the contemporary
British literary scene.

www.britishcouncil.org/arts




XII CICLO AUTOR: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH
THEATRE
Festival Escena Contemporánea
La RESAD & Teatro Pradillo, Madrid

30 January - 1 February, The Colour of Justice (La RESAD)
5 & 6 February, My Arm (Teatro Pradillo)
8 - 10 February, Stoning Mary (Teatro Pradillo)

Forming part of the Festival Escena Contemporanea, the Ciclo Autor (author cycle)
is conceived as a referential theatre space in which to perform and discuss
contemporary writing with the aim of studying and reflecting on the widest
possible spectrum of playwrights and theatre movements. The Cycle this year
introduces a new formula, breaking with its traditional dedication to a single
author (several of them British - Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane and Caryl Churchill) to
become a showcase for the most representative works of one country‟s theatre
scene. This year British theatre is under the spotlight.
The Cycle has designed a programme of productions ranging from an example of
the vitally important theatre-documentary movement, Verbatim Theatre (The
Colour of Justice by Richard Norton-Taylor), to an author as fascinating as he is
difficult to define, Tim Crouch (My Arm) and ending with one of the UK‟s most
promising writers, Debbie Tucker Green (Stoning Mary). The programme is
completed with lectures, interviews and debates designed to bring British theatre
closer to the Spanish public and allow for in-depth reflection in search of an
understanding of its keys elements.

www.escenacontemporanea.com




KEN RUSSELL: RETROSPECTIVE OF TELEVISION
WORK
Filmoteca de Catalunya
12 - 16 March

The Filmoteca Catalunya and the British Council are to present a retrospective of
the television work of Ken Russell, an icon of British film, known for his
flamboyant and opulent films and sensationalist style.
His work for television is less well-known, but is considered the most creative part
of his film output. Russell was born in 1927 and, after time as a photographer, he
joined the BBC where he worked regularly from 1959 to 1970, making art
documentaries, paying particular attention to music as with Elgar (1962) and The
Debussy Film (1965). Subsequently, from 1983 to 2002, he made new films for
London Weekend Television.
The importance of his work in the history of British television cannot be
overestimated, and Russell has more than once said that he considers his
television work to be as important as or more important than his feature films.
His documentaries have rehabilitated the work of major cultural figures and he
has created some of the most arresting and controversial art programmes.

www.gencat.cat/cultura/icic/filmoteca




XII CICLO AUTOR: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH
THEATRE
Festival Escena Contemporánea
La RESAD & Teatro Pradillo, Madrid

30 January - 1 February, The Colour of Justice (La RESAD)
5 & 6 February, My Arm (Teatro Pradillo)
8 - 10 February, Stoning Mary (Teatro Pradillo)

Forming part of the Festival Escena Contemporanea, the Ciclo Autor (author cycle)
is conceived as a referential theatre space in which to perform and discuss
contemporary writing with the aim of studying and reflecting on the widest
possible spectrum of playwrights and theatre movements. The Cycle this year
introduces a new formula, breaking with its traditional dedication to a single
author (several of them British - Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane and Caryl Churchill) to
become a showcase for the most representative works of one country‟s theatre
scene. This year British theatre is under the spotlight.
The Cycle has designed a programme of productions ranging from an example of
the vitally important theatre-documentary movement, Verbatim Theatre (The
Colour of Justice by Richard Norton-Taylor), to an author as fascinating as he is
difficult to define, Tim Crouch (My Arm) and ending with one of the UK‟s most
promising writers, Debbie Tucker Green (Stoning Mary). The programme is
completed with lectures, interviews and debates designed to bring British theatre
closer to the Spanish public and allow for in-depth reflection in search of an
understanding of its keys elements.

www.escenacontemporanea.com




XII CICLO AUTOR: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH
THEATRE
Festival Escena Contemporánea
La RESAD & Teatro Pradillo, Madrid

30 January - 1 February, The Colour of Justice (La RESAD)
5 & 6 February, My Arm (Teatro Pradillo)
8 - 10 February, Stoning Mary (Teatro Pradillo)

Forming part of the Festival Escena Contemporanea, the Ciclo Autor (author cycle)
is conceived as a referential theatre space in which to perform and discuss
contemporary writing with the aim of studying and reflecting on the widest
possible spectrum of playwrights and theatre movements. The Cycle this year
introduces a new formula, breaking with its traditional dedication to a single
author (several of them British - Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane and Caryl Churchill) to
become a showcase for the most representative works of one country‟s theatre
scene. This year British theatre is under the spotlight.
The Cycle has designed a programme of productions ranging from an example of
the vitally important theatre-documentary movement, Verbatim Theatre (The
Colour of Justice by Richard Norton-Taylor), to an author as fascinating as he is
difficult to define, Tim Crouch (My Arm) and ending with one of the UK‟s most
promising writers, Debbie Tucker Green (Stoning Mary). The programme is
completed with lectures, interviews and debates designed to bring British theatre
closer to the Spanish public and allow for in-depth reflection in search of an
understanding of its keys elements.

www.escenacontemporanea.com
MUSAC: EUROPEAN CURATORS' SEMINAR
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
25 & 26 February

This seminar for young European curators from the contemporary art world is a
joint initiative between British Council Spain and MUSAC which arose out of the
collaboration between the two institutions in the exhibition by Welsh artist Cerith
Wyn Evans which opens on 26 January.
The seminar will seek to analyse the different working methods of young curators
and to widen the various forms of collaboration. It also aims to create new
networks and channels for dialogue taking account of the different cultural,
political and social contexts in which each works.

www.musac.es




MENNA ELFYN
3 March British Council Valencia
Reading not open to public
5 March 11h00 Universidad de Alcalá
Reading & informal talk open to public

Welsh poet Menna Elfyn is to address students of the Master‟s Degree in Teaching
English as a Foreign Language at the University of Alcalá as part of the British
Council‟s BritLit project as well as the British Council reader group in Valencia.

Menna Elfyn is known first and foremost as a poet although she has also written
stage plays, adaptations and scripts for television, radio plays, non-fiction,
children‟s books and a number of libretti. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Literature and a member of Academi Gymreig, and has been Writing Director of
the MA Creative Writing Programme at Trinity College, Carmarthen, since 1998.
Menna Elfyn usually writes in Welsh and in 2002 she was appointed Poet Laureate
for the Children of Wales. Her latest book published in 2007 is again in Welsh –
Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish: New and Selected Poems 1995-2007. For more
information about Menna Elfyn click here and here

The British Council‟s reader groups meet in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and
Bilbao to exchange ideas and opinions on a selected book about once a month. In
addition we also have a poetry group in Madrid.

The British Council‟s BritLit project aims to help teachers from around the world
to exploit English literature in the ELT classroom.

Click here for more information about the Master’s Degree in Teaching
English as a Foreign Language at the University of Alcalá.
HAY FESTIVAL ALHAMBRA
Granada
3 – 6 April

Following the success of the Hay Festival Segovia, now in its third year, the
British Council is delighted to collaborate in this first ever edition of the renowned
literary festival in the magnificent setting of the Alhambra in Granada.

The British Council is proud to support the following speakers and events:

Tariq Ramadan
Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University
European Muslims: the balance between faith and culture.
(Event 5)

Ayub Khan-Din
Screenwriter and playwright
Presentation and screening of the film East is East.
(Event 6)

Ahdaf Soueif
Writer and journalist, author of Booker Prize shortlisted The Map of Love amongst
other works
In conversation with Peter Florence.
(Event 8)

Adam Boulton
Journalist and director of the politcal secion of Sky News
Mohammed Krichen
Author and presenter of Al Jazeera
The news: Interpreting reality.
(Event 18)

Fadia Faqir
Author of Nisanit, Pillars of Salt and My Name is Salma.
Reflections on transcutlural writing.
(Event 24)

All events offer English-Spanish simultaneaous translation.

For full details of programme times, venues and ticket purchasing please consult
the Hay Festival Alhambra website:

www.hayfestival.com



MADRID EN DANZA 2008
Eddie Ladd: Cof y corff / muscle memory
Centro de Nuevos Creadores, Madrid
9 -11 April 20h

Much of Eddie Ladd‟s work deals with themes of colonialism and the survival of
small nations. This new work is no exception. It‟s an essay on foot that has the
performer trying to reconnect with Welsh history through dance and movement
analysis. Featuring an original soundtrack and an essay text delivered live, Cof y
corff/muscle memory moves through time from 1256 to the present day. It is an
attempt by the performer to understand and embrace a culture that its people
have been compelled to forget.

The show is performed live to camera, edited live and processed on site. Audience
members choose how they wish to watch the work, shifting between the
„unfinished‟ dance on-stage and its final setting in a digital environment on
screens around the auditorium.

www.eddieladd.com



Bonachela Dance Company: Square Map of Q4
Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro de Arte
23-25 April 20h

Square Map of Q4 takes Rafael Bonachela‟s fascination with movement a step
further into the realms of the senses. Using memory as a starting point for this
visceral, new production, Bonachela Dance Company explores the way early
conscious memories can shape personality, temperament, human qualities.
Square Map of Q4 juxtaposes intense physical movement with high tech imagery
to produce a thrilling and thought-provoking journey into the very core of
humanity.

Square Map of Q4 includes the collaboration of celebrated production designer
Alan Macdonald, double BAFTA winner and five-time Grammy nominee composer
Marius de Vries and lighting designer Guy Hoare.

www.bonacheladancecompany.com

For more information and to purchase tickets:
www.madrid.org/madridendanza/2008/entradas.html



Eddie Ladd workshop: Dance for the camera
Aula de danza, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
12 & 13 April 12h -18h

This workshop looks at the methods used in the production of Cof y Corff to link
dance and camera. The choreography will be produced in an open space adapted
for the camera and the participants will decide the themes of the choreography
which will include written texts.

This workshop is aimed at dancers or people with experience in film.

Click here for more information.




CHEEK BY JOWL: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
Barcelona, Almagro, Madrid
July

At the height of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans, Prince Troilus, son
of King Priam of Troy, falls head over heels in love with Cressida, the daughter of
a Greek deserter. Soon, though, the lovers are separated, when Cressida is
returned to the Greek camp in an exchange of prisoners. This is a story that has
inspired countless versions in western literature. Shakespeare's version is is at
once hilarious, passionate, and at times terrifying.

Troilus and Cressida is Cheek by Jowl‟s most ambitious production to date. Stage
design, music and lighting are harnessed to create a powerful show featuring
spectacular combat scenes. The enormous attention paid to the actors‟ craft and
movements is a trademark of Cheek by Jowl, formed by Declan Donnellan and
Nick Ormerod in 1981. The company has since toured to more than 200 cities in
40 different countries. This production in Spain has special relevance as Declan
Donnellan and Nick Ormerod have just been awarded the 8th Corral de Comedias
prize by the Almagro Festival.

The play is in English with surtitles in Spanish

Troilus and Cressida can be seen on these dates at the following festivals. For
information about performance times and how to obtain tickets please consult the
web pages below:

3 to 5 July   Festival GREC BARCELONA
www.barcelonafestival.com

9 to 12 July   Festival de Almagro ALMAGRO
www.festivaldealmagro.com

17 to 26 July Naves del Español, Matadero MADRID
www.esmadrid.com/teatroespanol

www.cheekbyjowl.com



Cerith Wyn Evans: Exhibition
MUSAC Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
26 January to 4 May

… visibleinvisible

Cerith Wyn Evans (Wales, 1958) is an essential point of reference on the London
artistic scene and his sophisticated work, twice presented at the Venice Biennale,
has inspired many of the latest generation of artists. He began his career as
assistant to the film director Derek Jarman and then, in the eighties, made his
own experimental shorts. His installations focus on language and its unfamiliar
relations between space, light and objects, unexpectedly combining neon lighting,
philosophical texts, mirrors, plants and fireworks. With his “Chandelier”
sculptures, Wyn Evans evokes communication with the world of the beyond, using
fragments of text translated into Morse code through pulsing lightbulbs. The
exhibition was curated by Octavio Zaya.

www.musac.es

Other events in Spain
XII CICLO AUTOR: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH
THEATRE
Festival Escena Contemporánea
La RESAD & Teatro Pradillo, Madrid

The Colour of Justice (La RESAD)
30 January - 1 February 19h
Language: Spanish - Free entry

My Arm (Teatro Pradillo)
5 & 6 February 20h30
Language: English with surtitles in Spanish - 12€

Stoning Mary (Teatro Pradillo)
8 - 10 February 20h30,
Language: Spanish - 12€

Forming part of the Festival Escena Contemporanea, the Ciclo Autor (author
cycle) is conceived as a referential theatre space in which to perform and discuss
contemporary writing with the aim of studying and reflecting on the widest
possible spectrum of playwrights and theatre movements. The Cycle this year
introduces a new formula, breaking with its traditional dedication to a single
author (several of them British - Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane and Caryl Churchill) to
become a showcase for the most representative works of one country‟s theatre
scene. This year British theatre is under the spotlight.

The Cycle has designed a programme of productions ranging from an example of
the vitally important theatre-documentary movement, Verbatim Theatre (The
Colour of Justice by Richard Norton-Taylor), to an author as fascinating as he is
difficult to define, Tim Crouch (My Arm) and ending with one of the UK‟s most
promising writers, Debbie Tucker Green (Stoning Mary). The programme is
completed with lectures, interviews and debates designed to bring British theatre
closer to the Spanish public and allow for in-depth reflection in search of an
understanding of its keys elements.

Ticket sales: at the box office 1 hour before each performance, on 902 488 488,
www.entradas.com and at Caja Madrid and Ibercaja cashpoints.

Conferences & talks
Free entrance

Wednesday 30 January 18h
Meeting with Nicolas Kent
Venue: La RESAD
With translation into Spanish

Meeting with Nicolas Kent, director of the Tricycle Theatre, London, in which he
will talk about Verbatim Theatre.

Thursday 31 January 17h30
Verbatim theatre today. (Why not here?)
Venue: La RESAD

Conference led by David Ladra, theatre critic.

Wednesday 6 February 21h30
No audience no echo (Virginia Woolf)
Venue: Teatro Pradillo
With translation into Spanish

Talk-colloquiam led by Tim Crouch, writer, actor and theatre director, analysing
the active committment of the audience in the theatrical creative process. Tim
Crouch believes that "the audience creates the theatre yet all too often the
implication of the spectator is in that theatre is ignored."

Saturday 9 February 18h30
Contemporary theatre in Great Britain
Venue: Teatro Pradillo
With translation into Spanish

Conference led by Aleks Sierz, visiting research fellow at Rose Bruford College,
London, journalist, academic, theatre critic and author of amongst other works In
yer face theatre: British Drama Today and The Theatre of Martin Crimp.

Sunday 10 February 18h
Conferences-meeting
Venue: Teatro Pradillo

Contemporary British theatre written by women
María Antonia Rodríguez Gago, lecturer in English literature at the Universidad
Autónoma de Madrid, specialist in anglo-american theatre and author of
numerous studies on the works of Beckett, Pinter and others.

New tendencies in British theatre of the millenium: Mark Ravenhill and
Martin Crimp
Enric Monforte, lecturer in English literature at the Universidad de Barcelona,
specialist in Caryl Churchill and in contemporary British theatre about which he is
the author of numerous publications.

www.escenacontemporanea.com

www.teatropradillo.com

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RAY LEE: SIREN
FESTIVAL L.E.V. LA LABORAL CIUDAD DE LA CULTURA, GIJON
2 & 3 May (festival)
4 - 8 May (performances at 12h & 20h)

Ray Lee is an artist, composer and performer. Over the past twenty years his
work has included performance, installation, composition and photography.

Siren is a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound
and light. The audience is able to move freely about the space and experience
different sonic and visual perspectives of the work. Meanwhile the performers
manoeuvre within a mass of swirling metal machinery, operating the machines
and tuning oscillators to change the musical composition while dodging and
ducking the rapid movement of the rotating arms. The closeness of the tuning of
the separate tones sets off a series of amazing overtones that evoke the sense of
an ethereal choir.
The Festival L.E.V. (Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual) brings together electronic
music and images to create a new artistic form.

The opening of Siren on 2 & 3 May is limited to those attending the L.E.V.
Festival. From 4 - 8 May Siren will be open to the general public at 12h and 20h
and is free to anyone reserving a place on 902 30 66 00.

www.invisible-forces.com

www.laboralciudaddelacultura.com

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PAUL BUSH: PLATÓ 08
Goethe-Institut
8 May

British film director Paul Bush began his filmmaking career in 1978 and has since
made more than eighteen films, winning awards at numerous international
festivals. He also offers workshops and directs courses at art and film schools
worldwide. His work threads in and out of the limits of fiction, documentary and
animation. His short film While Darwin Sleeps won the L'Alternativa 2005
animation award.

As part of the film education course Plató 08 Paul Bush will give a master class,
presenting his output as an independent director and explaining the ideas shaping
his films, and the technical and financial resources behind them.

Plató 08 initially runs from March to June 2008 and includes the participation of
ten Madrid secondary schools. The course is organised by Estudio Poliedro and
the Comunidad Autonómica de Madrid with the collaboration of the British Council
The objective of the course is help students discover the diverse tools which film
offers and to learn to use them.

www.paulbushfilms.com

www.muchomasquecine.com/new/plato

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CONNECT
GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC &
ESCUELA DE MÚSICA CREATIVA
12 & 13 April
24 & 25 May

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Connect project is a non-formal
education project which began in 2002 in the London boroughs of Lewisham and
Newham. Participation in the project is not limited by age, social origin or culture.
The basis for learning is confidence and respect enabling young musicians to
become involved in collective decision making, problem solving and risk taking.
Specific musical genres are not fixed in advance as almost all the music is
improvised and composed by the participants, reflecting shared interests. The
group's musical identity and the resulting work are perceived as original and
belonging to the participants.
This course is designed for teachers interested in professional development in the
field of music education and presents Connect as a proven model to follow. The
sessions will work on leadership skills, collective composition, percussion and
voice and seek to develop the necessary qualities to direct future workshops on
collective musical creation.

La Escuela de Música Creativa is the leading school in Madrid dedicated to
contemporary music and has specialised over 20 years in training students of all
ages in Jazz and other creative musical forms in order to foster music as medium
of interaction between people of all ages and social and cultural backgrounds.

www.musicacreativa.com

www.gsmd.ac.uk

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EDDIE LADD: SAWN-OFF SCARFACE
Festival Dies de Dansa, Barcelona
6 & 7 July 2008

Festival dies de dansa is a contemporary dance festival in urban spaces from 4-7
July, taking dance out of its traditional spaces and direct to the audience.
Entrance to the festival is free.The British Counci's collaboration with dies de
dansa is part of our Market Breakers project

Eddie Ladd presents the duet Sawn-off Scarface, a (semi) ironic tribute to
Scarface, Brian de Palma‟s notorious 1983 film classic, starring Al Pacino.
Performed to a short, tough synopsis of the plot, and on something close to a
sticky, wet night-club floor, it reduces nearly three hours of film action to twelve
minutes. A no-technology attempt on filmic effects and the glamour, cynicism and
homoerotics of the gangster genre.

“Her Scarface is not easily labelled as dance, or as theatre either. It‟s just
ferocious and funny, as over the top in its small way as the film, though
charmingly contained” . Deborah Meyers, The Vancouver Sun.

Sawn-off Scarface is part of a two hour dance programme. Dates and times are
as follows

6 July
Museu Picasso -12h00
CCCB - Espai en Moviment - 22h30

7 July
Sabadell - 19h00

www.marato.com

www.eddieladd.com

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COMPLICITE: A DISAPPEARING NUMBER
Teatre Lliure Sala Fabià Puigserver, Barcelona
17 - 20 July 20h30
The stories that Complicite tells explore questions about mathematics and
beauty; about imagination and the nature of infinity; about what is continuous
and what permanent; about how we are attached to the past and how we affect
the future. A Disappearing Number is a theatrical enquiry into our relentless
compulsion to understand what goes on around us. Its starting point is the story
of one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all
time: that between the self-taught Indian genius Srinavasa Ramanujan and the
Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy.

Complicite is a UK based company of performers and collaborators founded in
1983. This versatile company‟s work has ranged from adaptations of classic texts
to a collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys. A Disappearing Number won the Olivier
Award 2008 for best new play. This production is part of the programme of the
Festival GREC.

In English with subtitles in Catalán

For ticket information please consult the festival webpage.

www.barcelonafestival.com

www.complicite.org

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HAY FESTIVAL SEGOVIA
24 to 28 September

British Council BritLit workshop
Cámara de Comercio
27 September
10h45 – 19h30

The British Council presents a BritLit workshop as part of the Guardian Hay
Festival Segovia. The BritLit Project develops language learning materials from
contemporary British literature sources. Using short stories and poetry as a
starting point, the materials explore cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the
texts. The project works mainly with students of secondary school age, though
some material for younger children has been included. An important part of BritLit
is introducing the authors and poets the students have studied to the schools
through a programme of author visits and workshops.

This workshop takes place at the wonderful Chamber of Commerce building in
Segovia and is aimed at students of the Master‟s in English Teaching of the
Universidad de Alcalá and primary and secondary school teachers from the
Ministry of Education and British Council‟s Bilingual Project in Madrid and Castilla
y León. In the morning session the participants will receive guidance on how best
to exploit the practical mini-kits designed for classroom use around the works of
the authors Owen Sheers, Gillian Clarke and Michael Morpurgo. In the afternoon
the teachers will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with these writers
regarding the teaching of English through literature and to listen to them read
from the work.

Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only.

www.hayfestival.com

More information about BritLit
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BLANK SLATE: LA NOCHE EN BLANCO
British Council, Madrid
13 September, 22h00 to 02h00



Under a full moon and as part of the Noche en Blanco programme, the British Council presents
Blank Slate, an eclectic and edgy collection of short films by new multi-ethnic film makers from
across the UK produced by B3 Media in partnership with the UK Film Council and the Arts
Council of England.

The British Council‟s goal in this project is to highlight new film making talent at international
level and to create links between an underrepresented group of filmmakers and the film
industry. The films have been screened in cities worldwide including Venice, Chicago, Edinburgh,
L.A., Amsterdam, Cairo, Karachi, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and London.

Blank Slate reveals that far from being a government product, multiculturalism is simply real
life for much, if not most, of Britain. Though written and directed by filmmakers from a dizzying
array of ethnic and religious backgrounds, the majority of these works explore mortality. Death
hovers over these shorts like condensation over Hyde Park.

The Noche en Blanco is part of the Noches Blancas Europa network which includes Paris,
Rome, Brussels, Madrid, Riga and Bucharest as well as La Valleta, Malta, added recently. On the
same night every year, each city presents its own all night cultural programme which has
become a contemporary artistic reference for its citizens with the added bonus of being entirely
free.

Blank Slate will be shown continuously from 22h00 to 02h00. The public can arrive and leave
at any time and there is no need to book in advance.

Popcorn will be served.

In English with subtitles in Spanish.

www.esmadrid.com/lanocheenblanco

www.b3media.net/digitalshorts

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BLANK SLATE: EL OJO COJO

Festival El Ojo Cojo
10 to 19 October
Various venues

As part of the Festival Internacional Cinematográfico El Ojo Cojo programme,
the British Council presents Blank Slate, an eclectic and edgy collection of short
films by new multi-ethnic film makers from across the UK produced by B3 Media
in partnership with the UK Film Council and the Arts Council of England.

The British Council‟s goal in this project is to highlight new film making talent at
international level and to create links between an underrepresented group of
filmmakers and the film industry. The films have been screened in cities
worldwide including Venice, Chicago, Edinburgh, L.A., Amsterdam, Cairo, Karachi,
Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and London.

Blank Slate reveals that far from being a government product, multiculturalism
is simply real life for much, if not most, of Britain. Though written and directed by
filmmakers from a dizzying array of ethnic and religious backgrounds, the
majority of these works explore mortality. Death hovers over these shorts like
condensation over Hyde Park.

El Ojo Cojo aims to promote cultural integration amongst marginalised groups
whilst disseminating quality cinema which might otherwise never be screened in
Spain. The festival offers a vision of distinct aesthetics and different realities. It
aims to present as many viewpoints as possible in the search for a more just and
caring society.

In English with subtitles in Spanish.

For programme details including times and venues please consult
www.elojocojo.org

www.b3media.net/digitalshorts

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DANTZALDIA
Bilbao
October to December

Dantzaldia Festival’s ninth edition is centred on British dance and offers a
selection of companies that share the quality of luminescent movement. They are
directed by a new generation of award-winning, talented choreographers have
brought a new world of nuances to dance and stage.

Bonachela Dance Company: Sunday 5 October.
Rafael Bonachela will give a workshop for professionals and students and will
present his most award-winning solos and duets: E2 7SD, Soledad and Irony of
Fate.

Diversions, National Welsh Company: Sunday 12 October.
Presents choreographies by Stephen Petronio, Strange Atractors and Itzik Galili,
Peeled

Hofesh Shechter Company: Sunday 23 November
Presents two pieces of furious performance: Uprising and In your Rooms.

Henri Oguike: Saturday 13 December.
A performance where the music is the main character. The programme includes:
Little Red, Touching All, All Around y Green in Blue, the latter with live music.

For more information about timetables and how to buy tickets, please visit the
festival webpage: www.dantzaldia.org

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TRACEY EMIN 20 YEARS
CAC Malaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
28 November to 22 February

CAC Málaga hosts the first complete retrospective of the work of Tracey Emin,
one of the most influential and outstanding British artists of her generation. Born
in London (1963), Emin is a central figures of the so-called Young British Artists
(YBAs) who emerged during the early nineties to produce some of the most
memorable and iconic work of the past fifteen years. Tracey Emin studied at the
Royal Collage of Art, London and has had exhibitions all over the world. In 2007
she represented the UK at the Venice Biennale.

Her work is autobiographical in nature, often referring to traumatic episodes of
her youth, although her style is neither traumatic nor sentimental. Sex, family,
pregnancy, abortion, fame, depression… are recurrent themes.

Tracey Emin 20 years is the most important and extensive exhibition of her
work to date, presenting a complete overview of her career, from the late eighties
to now. The retrospective covers the full breadth and variety of her work, from
the famous bedspreads to videos, installations, personal paintings and drawings.
Some of Emin‟s most emblematic works will be on show from public and private
collections all over the world.

www.cacmalaga.org

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"INDETERMINATE CASES"
RALPH BALL & MAXINE NAYLOR
La Sala Vinçon, Barcelona
16 October to 15 November

Indeterminate Cases, Ralph Ball and Maxine Naylor‟s latest exhibition at La Sala
Vincon, Barcelona, extends the visual vocabulary explored in their book Form
Follows Idea. Ball and Naylor use design to communicate ideas about design itself
and the strategic potential of the design process in understanding issues that are
pertinent to society today. In Indeterminate Cases ordinary, everyday chairs are
reconfigured to ask questions about our relationship to utility, familiarity,
obsolescence, sustainability and value.

The exhibition presents two new collections of their work, Chair Anatomy, a series
of stacking/linking constructions and Chair Archive, a group of encased
specimens, ambiguously inter-playing container and content.

For more information: www.vincon.com and www.studioball.co.uk

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PRESENTATION OF THE WHITE TIGER
17 November, Biblioteca Jaume Fuster, Barcelona 19h00

Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize

Aravind Adiga was born in India, in 1974 and spent part of his childhood in
Australia. He studied at Columbia University in New York and Oxford University in
the UK. Adiga has worked as a correspondent for TIME magazine and the
Financial Times.

In 2008 he became only the third author to win the Man Booker Prize with a
debut novel.

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and
murderer. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals
and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a
chauffeur and takes him to live in Delhi. From behind the wheel of the Honda the
city is a revelation with its cockroaches and call centres, its 36,0000,004 gods, its
shopping malls and run down neighbourhoods and the interminable traffic jams.
Whilst the other servants are reading gossip magazines, Balram begins to plot to
release the Tiger from his cage. Which successful men have not had to spill a few
drops of blood on the way to the top?

White Tiger is a totally irreverent, deeply endearing and, of course, unforgettable
story.

Aravind Adiga will present the Spanish edition of The White Tiger at Biblioteca
Jaume Fuster in Barcelona and at the British Council.

This event will have translation into Spanish.

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STAN'S CAFÉ
OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN ALL THE WORLD...
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
27 - 30 November
As part of the NOW Project, British theatre company Stan's Cafe presents its
performance installation Of All the People in All the World.., a visual statistical
construction that uses rice to represent human beings: each grain is a person.
Using 2000 kg of rice, the actors weigh out and pile up this staple to quantify a
range of information on the seven strands of NOW: how many people in
Barcelona use solar energy? How many voluntary workers are there in Spain?
How many doctors are there? And what about soldiers? By presenting and
comparing statistics, they tell stories that range from moving to shocking to
funny, stimulating interactive reflection with the public throughout the four days.

Free admission
Limited capacity

Thursday 27 November, 17h to 21h30
Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, 11h00 to 21h30

www.cccb.org

www.stanscafe.co.uk
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