Comité de Selección

Jurados 2018

Milvia Martinez

Performing arts

MILVIA MARTINEZ graduated as a dance interpreter from the Espiral Dance Center in Santiago de Chile in 1994, under the direction of Patricio Bunster and Joan Jara. She dances in different independent companies in Chile. From 1996 to 2000 she works in Japan under the direction of Min Tanaka as part of the cast of works like The Poe Project (collaboration with Susan Sontag, 1997); A Conquest (1998); Fire Stories (1999) and Romance, to Love in Fluxus (2000). Throughout these years she also presents several solos under the direction of Tanaka.

She is certified as a Yoga instructor in Cairns, Australia, with Nicky Knoff in 2001 and continues to practice and teach this art to this day.

Upon returning to Panama she ventures into choreography looking for her own language and the inclusion of other arts such as drawing and film in dance. Works like Cabanga (2004), Flight Theory (2008), Eurydice Sketches (2012) and Des ~ Tierra (2015) emerge.

Milvia has also dabbled as an actress: in 2010 she starred in the poetic short film Wata and in 2014 she played a secondary role in the feature film Decembers.

In 2017 Milvia is certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

Juan Rivera

Graphic design

Self-taught and multidisciplinary designer, specialized in the integration of research techniques, conceptualization and art for the creation of projects and communication strategies.

Partner and founder of MUCHAGANA PowerHouse, a space dedicated to supporting commercial, social, cultural and artistic proposals through the structuring of projects, innovation in processes, dialogue tables and materialization of ideas with the purpose of creating value and a positive impact in the community.

As director of graphic art, he joins the Prisma Festival since its fifth edition for the development of visual communication.

“I believe that contemporary dance is a beautiful platform because it encourages complicity and teamwork, diversity and integration of multiple disciplines and forms of art, is a catalyst of emotions and another vehicle to build a new thought.”

Fred Obediente


Frederick Obediente is a managing partner of Indesa in Panama, an independent firm leader in economic consulting and financial advice that this year celebrates 50 years of its foundation. He participates in various business management and throughout his professional life has held management positions in local and multinational companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University and business administration with a specialization in accounting (CPA) from the University of Panama and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University, in the city of New York. For several decades Fred has been an enthusiastic and unconditional follower of nonprofit and private initiatives linked to the performing arts and music in Panama and New York. Currently, through the Calicanto Foundation, as a director, he actively participates in the expansion of the CAPTA (Training for Work) program aimed at socially marginalized women and by supporting the Enlaces program today carried out by Fundación Espacio Creativo (FEC), a program that continues to change the lives of vulnerable young people through dance. Fred lives in Panama with his wife and they are proud parents of four daughters, who at different stages of their lives have been and still are linked to the world of the performing arts.

Esther Arjona


Degree in Social Communication Sciences with an Executive Master in Journalism, both certifications from the Santa María La Antigua University. She has been a professor of Social Communication Sciences at the same university for more than 10 years.

She has accumulated 20 years of experience in print media, in which she has worked successively as a writer -reporter, editor and columnist, such as Mujer 90, of the newspaper Panamá América, and supplements Ellas, Ellas Teen, Sábado Espectacular and Mosaico, in the newspaper La Prensa. She is co-author of La Vida En Fuchsia, a weekly column that she published for 5 years in Ellas and from which a book was published, “The best of La vida en Fuchsia”, a compilation of 45 of the best columns in 2005 .

First National Journalism Award for the social inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in the category of the written press in 2005. Press Award Fernando Eleta Casanovas, journalism written in the Cultural Heritage category in 2016. Press award from the Forum of Journalists of Panama in the Gastronomic Journalism category in 2017.

Head of Information of La Estrella de Panamá, a journal in which she has been working for 8 years. She was the editor of the Planet page dedicated to information related to the environment and editor of the Ego and Facetas section.

She is currently responsible for the Sunday edition of La Estrella de Panamá and signs the Sal y Pimienta gastronomy section.

Alegre Saporta

Photographer(Toronto, 1987)

Graduated Architect at ISTHMUS, with a master’s degree in Renewable Energies, Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism The International University of Andalusia (UNIA), with a thesis About Public space in Panama and the rehabilitation of Central Avenue.

Amateur of photography and art, with an experience in Realistic drawing in pencil, since 2004. In 2008 she made a professional practice In the offices of Bruno Stagno Arquitectos y Asociados, (San José, Costa Rica) Realizing details of design, construction and research projects.

She is currently pursuing her career as a full-time architect, independently she is dedicated to capturing moments with his camera in different Countries and portraits of different cultures. She has participated in several artistic samples at a national level individually and collectively.