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Friday, 1 September 2017

A Theatre of Resistance - Havana's international theatre festival

by: Trabajadores.cu


Theatre, society, resistance ... These are the conceptual pillars of the next edition of one of the most important events of the performing arts in Cuba: The 17th International Theatre Festival of Havana.
It opens 20-29 October, in Havana and brings together almost 50 artists and groups from more than 12 countries in America and Europe.
The official selection has been recently announced: it aims to offer an integrative panorama of the art of representation, from more or less conventional works of theatre, to bold stage experiments, works for the street and squares and dance works ...
A note from the National Council of Performing Arts (CNAE), the organizer of the festival, explains the backbone of the show:
"Today, as we perceive a world in constant mutation, whose impacts transform the civilizing order and the notions of art and culture, in the theatre reinventions connected to its ancestral resistance are imposed."
That is what it is about: theatre as an invitation to thought and social transformation, beyond mere entertainment.
The international participants sign up to "the intrinsic striving that involves making theatre from the rigor of the artifice," adds the note published on the website CubaEscena.

From Cuba companies that have received the Villanueva Theatre critics Prize or other recognitions have been chosen: there will be groups from 10 provinces.
The Festival will include more than 50 shows.


The international selection
Au temps où les arabes dansaient, Radhouane El Meddeb, France; Clown's House, Demi Papada, Merlin Puppet, Germany-Greece; D! Retablos of shame, Arantxa Iurre, Tepsis, Spain-Basque Country; Defiled, Choreography: Marianela Boán, Cía. National Contemporary Dance, Dominican Republic; He Sings, I Tell, Freddy Ginebra & Victor Victor, Dominican Republic; In the wind pure air, Lautaro Lamas, Chakarunas, Argentina; Useless, Ernesto Orellana, Teatro de Sur, Chile; Just in Time, Pablo Brun and Mariana Elizabeth Dince, Zig-Zag Circus, Argentina; The architecture of the Silencio, Agustín Meza, Theater of the Guetto, Mexico; The armored reason, Alexandre Kavanji, Cía. Paulícea de Teatro, Brazil; Le bruit des arbres qui tombent, Nathalie Beasse, France; Magnifying glass. Worlds to look at, Javier Lester Abalsamo, Lupa. Company of dolls, Argentina; Monigote on carbon paper, Francis Monty, La pire espèce, Canada; Miguel Will, Vladimir Cruz, 13 between L and M, Spain-Cuba; There are no Flowers in Istanbul, Iván Solarich, Uruguay; Tebas Land, Sergio Blanco, Uruguay.

National companies - Theatre for adults
Apocryphas or all are María, Roxana Pineda, La Rosa Theater, Villa Clara; Ballad of poor BB, Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Impulso Teatro, Havana; Departures, Nelda Castillo, The Enchanted Deer, Havana; Ten million, Carlos Celdrán, Argos Theater, Havana; El Dorado, Sahily Moreda, El Cuartel Company, Havana; Ecstasy, Flora Lauten and Eduardo Manet, Teatro Buendía, Havana; Guan Melon! Your Melon !, Nelda Castillo, The Enchanted Deer, Havana; Harry Potter: the magic is over, Carlos Díaz, Teatro Público, Havana; Jacuzzi, Yunior García, Clover Theater, Holguín; La Cita, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, The Public Theater, Havana; The passion King Lear, Julio César Ramírez, Teatro D'Dos, Havana; Le chevalier Brindis de Sala, Jorge E. Caballero, Eduardo Eimil, Aire Frio, Havana; The knights of the round table, Freddys Núñez, Teatro del viento, Camagüey.

Family theatre
Like night and day, Doris Méndez, Alas Teatro, Pinar del Rio; Sun Cuba to me, Juan González Fiffe, Teatro Andante, Granma; Once upon a time there was a duck, Arneldy Cejas, La Proa Theater, Havana; Well-kept stories, Ederlys Rodríguez, La Salamandra, Havana; The two princes, Rubén Darío Salazar, Theater of the Estaciones, Matanzas; Superbandaclown, Ernesto Parra, Teatro TUYO, Las Tunas.

In streets and squares
Quiet abduction, María Victoria Ballester, Gigantería, Havana; Concert for Aurora, Rocío Rodríguez Fernández, El Mirón Cubano, Matanzas; The best friend of the man, Juan González Fiffe, Teatro Andante, Granma; The crazy stories of Polichinela in Havana, Víctor J. Ariosa, Caballero Theater, Havana; Mamarracho, Fátima Patterson, Estudio Teatral Macubá, Santiago de Cuba; Orchestra of clowns, Ernesto Parra, Teatro TUYO, Las Tunas; Santa Nuestra, Alejandro García, TECMA, Pinar del Río.
New authors, spaces and modes
So five years pass, Carlos Diaz & Guests, National Theater School; Baquestritbois, José Ramón Hernández, Osikán Experimental Scenic Platform, Havana; The Dictionary, Eva González, Irreverent Theater, Havana; The mirror, Mariam Montero, Mariam Montero Project, Havana; The Lonely West, Jazz Martinez Gamboa, Residence of Creation, Havana; Spontaneously, Laudel De Jesus, Cabotín Theater, Sancti Spiritus; Montañeses, José Oriol, Theater of the Elements, Cienfuegos; Noria, Fernando Muñoz, Alas D'Cuba, Granma; See you, Jennifer H. Capraru, Ludi Theater, Havana; Zone, Atilio Caballeros, La Fortaleza Theater, Cienfuegos.Y dance ... Welcome, Susana Pous, DanzAbierta, Havana.

Read original report in Trabajadores here


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