Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba


Matanzas, city in patrimony and cultural restoration.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 18 abril, 2019

The inauguration gala of the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas turned out to be a cultural event in one of the privileged sites of the so-called Athens of Cuba. The announced spectacle took to the public of the city of rivers and bridges to congregate in the margins of the San Juan and in the bridge Calixto Garci’a, using like stage the monumental structure of the revolving bridge.

The railway corridor as a stage support was installed two large footbridges, placing the main one on the piles placed in the center of the river, thus forming a coliseum between bridges. From the beginning it seemed impossible for the sound to reach everyone. The first big impression was the wonderful work of fixed and moving lights, with adequate changes of colors, shades and nuances multiplied in the mirror of water.

Also the musical background worked as a soundtrack and at the time as a protagonist, serving the artistic intention of Yadiel Duran to enlarge a script or simple program, which featured recordings of José María Vitier and Alejandro Falcón, the violin (live) of the master Ernesto Acosta and the declamatory poet Israel Domínguez, both priests of Ifá, who cried there for the ancestors. The images represented by Ochún and Yemayá toured the river on boats.

At another moment of the gala, the Perla Marina, by Sindo Garay, was heard in a lyrical version by the teacher Bárbara Llánes and the night also featured the scenic displacement of the company Danza Espiral. Other resources such as audiovisual, water and fireworks sealed a majestic inauguration that highlighted our origin and Hispanic-African tradition and demonstrated in times of patrimonial and cultural rebirth what the artistic director of the Biennial, Dr. María Magdalena Campos, has reiterated that the city of Matanzas is a destination and not a point of transit.

At the end of the show, which was attended by the highest authorities of the province, the creator of the Rios Intermittent project expressed her satisfaction for realizing the dream of moving this city, where she trained as an artist, this event. He mentioned the participation of 64 artists, 25 from Matanzas and the rest creators of 16 countries.

Visibly moved, she said her heart was swollen with excitement and pride. He asked permission from his ancestors and thanked them for the privilege of having dreamed and had the option of making this episode a reality for the Athens of Cuba and for Cuban culture.



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