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Berlin Calling Havana

In 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built, Fidel Castro defined the cultural policy still in force in Cuba today: »Dentro de la Revolución, todo; contra la Revolución, nada« (»Within the Revolution, everything goes; against the Revolution, nothing«). But does this create a invisible line, a dynamic agreement or a protective wall? For the past few years, young theatre makers of various backgrounds in Havana have come together in the Laboratorio Experimental Escenico (LEES) to follow their desire to work with collective artistic methods. In order to draw closer to the non-representable and interdisciplinary, they’re looking for new aesthetics. For the premiere of Granma. Trombones from Havanna, arts and culture producers from Havana and Berlin will talk about their artistic positions and methods over two evenings of discussion. 

Studio Я 23/March 7:00 P.M.


Film discussion with María Borrás, Bert Hoffmann, Rosa Muñoz Lima
Presented by Bernd Pickert

Based on excerpts from documentaries Cuba's History, artistic Representation and Reception is discussed: Where does Cuba stand today? Which events and processes are decisive for his historiography? Marta María Borrás shows various film scenes that reflect upon the revolutionary project of Cuban society and shed light upon the question »How to build a country?« from different perspectives. She is a theatre scholar, filmmaker, curator and dramaturg , her research is situated between research and creation. Rosa Muñoz Lima, Cuban-German journalist, media- and communications researcher, and Bert Hoffmann, professor of political science at the Freien Universität Berlin and Latin America expert with a focus on social, political and economic development in Cuba since 1989 will discuss together with her. The discussion will be moderated by Bernd Pickert, in charge of the taz. foreign editorial office for the USA and Latinamerica.

Studio Я 24/March 7:00 P.M. Party after the event
Film, Performance, Reading by and with José Ramón Hernández Suárez, Ricardo Sarmiento, Marta María Borrás
Three Cuban artists present their works: In the performance Aquarium, Ricardo Sarmiento Ramírez, Cuban author, performer, director and filmmaker, deals with the themes of migration, stagnation and permanence. He traces the question of how it is possible to live in or outside one's habitat and how a system can function through perspectivation of vision and bodies. Following Marta María Borrás, theatre scholar, audiovisual director, cultural mediator, professor and dramaturg, shows her lastest short film. José Ramón Hernández was born in Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba in 1988. He is a director, actor, cultural manager, teacher and researcher in the field of scenic arts, currently leading a scenic study on Afro-Cuban dances and experimental theatre. The following artist talk will take place with Yohayna Hernández and will be moderated by Aljoscha Begrich, both are dramaturges of the production Granma, Trombones from Havana.