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Matanzas: stage for street theater

Gloria Machado León 19 abril, 2017
The main squares and parks of the city of Matanzas will host from this Wednesday and until next April 23 the ninth edition of the Day of Street Theater 2017, in a party for learning and appreciation of shows.

This time, one of the main interests of the organizers is to encourage the participation of artists dedicated to making living sculptures. A phenomenon strengthened on the Island in recent times.

The premise responds to the intention to perform a theatrical look at the interventions of public spaces.

“This is why in this edition have been invited groups that have not been customary in these 15 years, such as the Mexican company Monos Teatro that proposes the realization of an installation and a performance,” as Rocío Rodríguez Fernández , Director of the theater group El Mirón Cubano, which also sponsors the event.

Identified by its color, the present edition dedicates its days to the founding groups of the event, in order to celebrate its first execution. This is Teatro Andante, by Granma; Gigantería, Havana and Ciego de Ávila, the set Morón Teatro, who participate with functions.

In addition, guests will find Teatro Tuyo, defenders of clown art, who will offer fragments of their upcoming premiere under the title Orchestra de clowns and will replace the work Superbandaclown. Another of the ensembles invited are the cienfuegueros of Theater of the Elements with the work Montañeses, Teatro Papalote and the group TECMA, of Pinar del Río, among others.

During the day will be taught two theory and practice workshops, respectively, one by Ernesto Parra, director of Tuyo Theater and another by the Brazilian Licko Turle. There will be plenty of discussion meetings and conferences.



For its part, the international representation has the Finnish company of Maria Baric recognized by the Cuban public; Of Spain the group Visitants. These groups propose joint functions with the theater group El Mirón Cubano.

Lanterns in the sky will be the fire show offered by Finnish artists and Lluvia de palabras is the premiere of Visitants theater, both jointly with the Matanzas group.

The invited national cast members will join the exhibition with premiere performances. They include titles such as Maternity,  Icarón theater and Concerto for Aurora, El Mirón Cubano.

The main venues will be the Liberty Park, the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo, the market square, Middle Street and other centers will be added that will be used for the interventions of public spaces that appear in the program of the working day.

Juana Rodríguez, a member of the organizing committee, announced that “among the musical suggestions, the ninth edition of the day will have the participation of the interpreter Ivette Cepeda for the coming Saturday, at nine o’clock at night, in the Park of Freedom” .

Also from the patio are presentations of the metal quintet Atenas Brass Ensemble and the company Danza Espiral, directed by Liliam Padrón.

The Day of Street Theater begins its activities this Wednesday with an opening parade full of color and musicality.

Every two years this celebration brings together dissimilar artists and the 2017 edition arrives with the purpose of removing the main arteries of the city of Matanzas with the airs of street theater.

Original text by on April 19th, 2017

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