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UPDATE: Cuban Theater in the 1960s. A conference review.

By M.E.Diaz, Calendar, Conferences & CFPs, Reviews Add comments

Lillian Manzor, professor at University of Miami and expert on Cuban theater, has organized a conference on Cuban theater in the 1960s that gathers some of the main playwrights and theater personalities of the period.

It will take place on Saturday, March 27th, at the University of Miami Otto Richter Library

The conference includes the presence of personalities such as Eduardo Arrocha, Anton Arrufat, Abelardo Estorino, Eduardo Manet, Matias Montes Ruidobro, Rafael Mirabal, and Jesus Ruiz -all of whom have been granted visas to enter the United States.

For more information, click on the poster to enlarge it. The program website, which includes the complete program and instructions to watch the conference live on video, is HERE.

(The awesome poster is a design of Anna Veltford, known as Connie, of El Archivo)

Prof. Maria Elena Diaz (UC-Santa Cruz) attended the conference and provided the following review:

The U Miami’s conference “Protagonitsts of the 60s: Caminos, esplendor y obstaculos del teatro cubano” organized by Lillian Manzor, was a well attended yet intimate event.  There,  protagonic figures of that decade collated memories of that golden period of theatre in Havana and the creative energy that drove it until the “quinquenio gris.”

The morning section was dedicated to the material culture of theatre–design and costumes. It displayed the work of key designers (some of them still working in Cuba) through surviving drafts and photographs of that work. A highlight of that panel was the memorable staging of  Lope de Vega’s <Fuenteovejuna> based on the striking artistic vision of Rafael Mirabal (Miami) who sought to recreate in his design the work’s central theme of “power.” All agreed that the work had had a tremendous impact in the theatre scene of the time.  Perhaps someone will venture to re-stage along the same lines it in some future festival, it would definitely still play out as a tremendously innovative staging of that classic, aside from the evocations to the 60s staging it could produce. I would have loved to have seen it–or see it.

In the afternoon session, the highlights were Anton Arrufat who gave a moving account of his personal experience in internal exile in the Biblioteca de Marianao during 14 years before being rehabilitated,  Matias Huidobro (writer and scholar) who gave a good panoramic view of the scene during the period weaving in his own experience;  and Eduardo Manet who connected via the internet from Rabat, of all places, where he was representing French writers at a Congress.  Manet’s improvised talk was for the most part a bubbling and optimistic  intervention that mostly focused on the present and the future. His words about the creative role of writers and artists in what he saw as a demoralizing  French cultural scene energized some of the writers and artists in the room.

There were the always moving encounters of friends and colleagues who had not seen each other in decades. Above all, the conference unfolded in a collegial and respectful manner among Cuban writers and artists who, despite their political and artistic trajectories, once shared the energy of being part of perhaps the richest theatre scene in the island’s history. Overall a wonderful conference full of discoveries.

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