Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 72

APRIL 2017 / NY, USA

New York

Literature.  01/04/2017

Words Without Borders feature You Will Not Be Born Again: Catalan Literature Now

The April 2017 issue of Words Without Borders includes work from seven thrilling writers from Catalonia who explore both cosmopolitan Barcelona and the less familiar Catalonia of immigrants, of sleepy towns and painful betrayals, of haphazard alleyways and marginal lives, for a nuanced portrait of this complex region. Four of the seven writers are appearing in English translation for the first time.

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Music.  USA,  01/04/2017

Bassist Alexis Cuadrado’s upcoming concerts

A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a renowned educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene. Cuadrado's compositions show a unique voice that combines improvised and through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco.

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Cinema.  UMass,  21/03/2017

9th Catalan Film Festival at UMass: Aging, Memory Loss, and Sickness

The 9th edition of the Catalan Film Festival at UMass is devoted to Aging, Memory Loss, and Sickness. Directors Montse Armengou and Carla Subirana will be presenting their films.

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Thought.  New York,  07/03/2017

Panel series: Victims of Franquismo: a reparation that never comes

This series weighs the effects of violent repression during forty years of Franco’s dictatorship, even as we assess the persistence of official silence and a crisis of national memory through the last forty years of Spanish democracy. This series of conversations consider how instruments of remembering and reparation have emerged beyond state sectors, and in the absence of government policies, opening important breaches of recovery and reclamation for victims and their descendants.

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Cinema.  Harvard University,  06/04/2017

Nedar, a movie by Carla Subirana, screening at the University of Harvard

Nedar (Swim, 2008) is a personal documentary by the filmmaker to give her own family a past. The starting point is the mysterious execution of Subirana’s grandfather after the Spanish Civil War. It is a story about the fragility of personal identity shared by women and a profound reflection about the cruel secondary effects of aging in the transmission of the collective memory. A remarkable achievement, executed with a beautiful simplicity.

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Music.  Boston,  07/04/2017

Piano recital of music by Enric Granados in Boston

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Boston Arts Consort Presents “Twelve Spanish Dances” by the Catalan composer Enric Granados.

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New York,  16/04/2017

Proactiva Open Arms, recipients of the 2017 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

Proactiva Open Arms is a Badalona based NGO whose mission is to rescue refugees crossing to Europe to escape wars, persecution, or poverty. Born from a commercial lifeguard service, they specialize in aiding and rescuing migrants and refugees who need help in the Aegean and central Mediterranean Sea, as well as raising awareness about mass migration and injustices those migrants face.

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Literature.  New York,  17/04/2017

Celebrating Sant Jordi: Sebastià Alzamora, author of Blood Crime, in conversation with Ed Lin

It is 1936, and Barcelona burns as the Spanish Civil War takes over. The city is a bloodbath. Yet in all this death, the murders of a Marist monk and a young boy, drained of their blood, are strange enough to catch a police inspector’s attention. His quest for justice is complicated by the politics, dangers, and espionage of daily life in a war zone.

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Literature.  Brooklyn, NY,  19/04/2017

An evening of Catalan poetry with Maria Cabrera

Poet Maria Cabrera’s original and unconventional poems from La ciutat cansada (Tired City) earned her the prestigious Carles Riba Poetry Prize in 2016. At this special New York appearance, Cabrera and translator Mary Ann Newman will read from their collaborations on Cabrera’s English-language debut in the April issue of Words Without Borders, followed by a discussion moderated by writer and translator Adrian Nathan West.

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Performing.  New York,  23/04/2017

94 minutes by Sílvia Navarro, staged reading in New York City

A playwright wants to write a play about a perfect love. She must live a perfect love. That’s why she picks a guy as a subject of study and starts the perfect relationship with him, following all the scientific criteria ever studied. But she has a secret, she doesn’t believe in love. Two actors rehearse a play about a playwright who writes about a perfect love. They don’t know each other. After months of rehearsal they start falling in love–and it will explode anytime: during a rehearsal or the opening night. Actors or characters, characters or actors. In the end, human relationships. Is it possible to create a perfect love artificially?

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