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At Night We Walk in Circles

A Novel

By Daniel Alarcon

At Night We Walk in Circles
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2013,
    384 pages.
    Paperback: 7 Oct 2014,
    384 pages.

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Yuyachkani

The theater group Diciembre, in At Night We Walk in Circles, sounds a lot like Peru's award-winning independent theater collective, Yuyachkani. Launched in 1971, the group's essential pillars have been political performances, theatrical experimentation and performances steeped in indigenous culture.

YuyachkaniYuyachkani is a Quechua word that means "I am thinking/I am remembering." The company is at the forefront of Latin American theater, and makes education and community issues the cornerstones of its work. One of Yuyachkani's principles is the belief that "an evaluation of the past makes us understand the present." To that end, Yuyachkani has focused its action around one main objective: to contribute to the development and strengthening of civic memory. Recurring themes in its work include economic migration, forced displacement by the internal armed conflict, marginalization, violence, justice, corruption, and authoritarianism.

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