Luisa Calcumil: It’s Good to See Ourselves in Our Own Shadow

Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez Cancio

It’s Good to See Ourselves in Our Own Shadow


Luisa Calcumil has worked in theatre since 1975. She started as an actress, presenting twenty theatre performances and acting in five films of international importance and in various television programmes. Luisa says that Aimé Painé, the first renown Mapuche singer, has had a great influence over her life. Luisa always remembers Aimé saying: "El saber quien es uno es el principio de ser culto" (knowing who you are is the first step of learning). After several years of performing without finding plays where she felt represented, Luisa started to write her own scripts or participating in the creation of performances in which she was protagonist. This is how It's Good to See Ourselves in Own Shadow and Hebras were created.

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