Rimini Apparat GbR
c/o Hebbel am Ufer
The revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is dead, the Rolling Stones played in Havanna, President Obama paid an official visit – Cuba has opened its doors and is changing with the times. The theatre project “Granma. Trombones from Havanna” makes use of this extraordinary situation and asks where the country is heading 60 years after the Revolution. It starts by investigating an emblem of Cuban identity: the Cuban family, or the “familia compuesta” – a community of distant relatives, lovers and divorcees who live together under one roof for lack of available alternative housing.
Together with a group of young theatre artists who call themselves “Laboratorio IBSEN”, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) went on a fact-seeking mission and spoke with two kinds of Cuban experts: the “combatientes” (revolutionaries) and the “cuentapropistas” (self-employed people), each of whom often belong to different generations of one family. The former fought for the goals of the revolution all their lives, while the latter embrace capitalism as fiercely as their grandparents once did the revolution. Yet both social models have arguably produced similar results. For instance, what makes the shared housing in communist Cuba, the private restaurants or ridesharing in ramshackle American sedans so very different than the prototypes of AirBnB, couchsurfing and Uber? This question is the catalyst for the theatre laboratory to research a Cuban film archive, produce a film on modern-day Cuba, and listen to people whose lives are caught up in ideological combat. The project elevates the smallest possible community – the family – as a basis for reappraising Cuban history and discovering lessons we can learn from Cuba today for the world tomorrow.
Artistic director: Stefan Kaegi
Dramaturgy: Yohayna Hernández González (CU), Aljoscha Begrich
Camera: Marta María Borrás (CU)