A snake raises its head as if searching for those who approach books that are not forbidden but well protected; With particular visuality, The Dark Forest, a library inaugurated last Thursday in the House of Scenic Memory in the city of Matanzas, pays tribute to the important homonymous book on the history of the theater of the researcher Rine Leal, and favors the organization and consultation of the funds of the institution.
With shelves and decorative elements closely related to the name of the space, design fruit of the work of Adam Rodriguez, the new reading room also responds to the need to save space in the archive to enrich the funds, said Ulises Rodríguez Febles, director of the Home.
About five thousand titles can be consulted by visitors interested in the history and evolution of the performing arts in Matanzas and Cuba. Also this Thursday the institution that integrates the Ibero-American Network of Performing Arts Archives enriched its funds by hosting valuable donations of documents such as Gustavo Prado’s cartoons (Pittín), facilitated by the musician Alfonso Llorens.
Safeguarding materials not necessarily related to the performing arts helps to demonstrate the seriousness acquired by the House of Memory in the conservation of heritage and to realize that we protect the heritage of culture in general, added Ulises.
The new library is integrated into the Wood Sculpture Museum, the Abelardo Estorino room, and the La Vitrina, coffee-gallery spaces of the House of Scenic Memory to defend and disseminate the heritage.
And very close to the photo of Rine, two volumes of The Dark Jungle remain slender, waiting for explorers to delve into its intense scenic nature.