Actuality in Cuba


By Cuba24Horas Editorial Staff

A week is not enough to draw a map containing all theater made in Cuba. Nevertheless, between October 1st and 9th, most relevant plays of recent times will be put to play in Camagüey.The World Heritage City will be taking in 16th Cuba’s National Theater Festival (NTF) organized by Cuba’s National Council of Stage Arts.

About thirty shows will take place in 20 places of the city. These are distributed over an 87 show listing that gathers Family Theater, Adult Theater, Street Theater, Play Drifts, Hostess City, Workshop-Festival, etc. Besides, critics meetings, exhibitions, book and magazine launches, cafe-shows and other events will take place in the city.

“Ecstasy” will open the NTF. It is a tribute to Mother Teresa de Ávila, Spanish writer and religious person played by Flora Lauten, director of Teatro Buendía. Coming from 12 provinces, some of the best plays from the last 2 years will be staged: “The unperformable walk of Buster Keaton” (Teatro de Las Estaciones), “Superbandaclown” (Teatro Tuyo), “Balad of poor BB” (Impulso Teatro), “CCPC, the Cuban Coffee by Portazo´s Cooperative” (El Portazo), “10 Million” and “Mechanics” (Argos Teatro), “The Social” (Estudio Teatral Macubá), “Knights of the Round Table” (Teatro del Viento), “Marine Pearl” (Teatro El Público), “Put me in” (Compañía El Mejunje), “Family Trash” (Osikán Plataforma Escénica) and “A Moon between Two Houses” (Guiñol Guantánamo), among others.

Camagüeyan dramatist Rómulo Loredo founded National Theater Festival in 1983, an event that has become one of Cuba’s most relevant. This time it is dedicated to 40th anniversary of High Institute of Arts and 30 anniversary of Saíz Brothers Association. Also, Carlos Díaz (2015) and Carlos Celdrán (2016) -owners of drama national prize on 2015 and 2016 respectively-  will be paid a tribute.

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