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By the end of the 60s, it had stopped but in 1998 the Theater Department of the Casa de las Americas organized the Mayo Teatral event, intending to hold it annually until 2000 after which date it was scheduled to take place every two years. Some of the most important theater companies of Latin America have participated, such as La Candelaria (Colombia), Grupo Denise Stoklos (Brazil) and Sportivo Teatral (Argentina), just to name a few.
Mayo Teatral dedicates this year’s edition to theatrical crossroads: cultural, geographic and language, and synthesizing various art forms. Groups from Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba are expected to be taking part at several Havana theaters and venues in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba.
The Temporada de Teatro Latinoamericano y Caribeño (Latin American and Caribbean Theater Season) has also organized two creative workshops: El silencio de la actriz-actor (led by Charo Francés, founder of the Teatro Malayerba) aimed at professional actors and higher level acting students; and La Dramaturgia contra el Teatro y viceversa (conducted by Uruguayan playwright, director and actor Gabriel Calderón, director of the Complot Company) aimed at playwrights, directors, professional actors and higher level acting students. There will also be lectures and encounters with critics and reviewers.
Recommended highlights 2014
Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes theater company from Mexico, in El automóvil gris, a well-crafted combination of silent film and theater using Eastern theatrical techniques.
Brazilian actor Narciso Telles is bringing two one-man shows: Potestad, by Eduardo Pavlovsky (Argentina), and Memorial de silencios y margaritas, based on texts written by Eduardo Galeano (Uruguay) and testimonials by victims of the Brazilian military dictatorship; and the Associação Cultural Boa Companhia anunounces Primus which is based on “Report to an Academy,” a story by Franz Kafka, as well as “Letters from Paradise” that delves into man’s eternal utopias.
Ecuador’s Teatro Malayerba will heat things up with Instrucciones para abrazar el aire, written by Arístides Vargas, an Argentine exiled in Ecuador, on a recurring theme in Latin American theatre and cinema: the agony created when the military dictatorship “disappears” a grandchild.
Teatro de los Andes (Bolivia) brings Hamlet de los Andes, a free adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy that seems to mark a new phase for this group; Diego Aramburo who directs Hamlet… doubles as actor in Romeo y Julieta de Aramburu with his group Kikinteatro.
Cuba will be represented by the Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, Teatro El Público, Teatro de la Luna and Teatro de las Estaciones, with Hojas de papel volando, Antigonón, Matrimonio blanco and Alicia en busca del conejo blanco, respectively.
There is much anticipation to see what Marianela Boan, iconic figure in Cuban dance, will be doing when she leads the National Contemporary Dance Company of the Dominican Republic, with Sed surely playing to a full house.
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