Granma. Trombones from Havanna

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Cuba has always been a projection space for utopians and their critics. In the 60th year of the revolution, four young Cubans have searched for traces of history: after the revolution, Faustino Pérez became the first minister for nationalization of property after the revolution. His grandson Daniel still has a catalogue from an auction where confiscated barrettes and seaside villas were sold. Together with him on stage: 24-year-old software programmer Christian who traces his grandfather's path to the Angolan civil war, and Milagro, a history student, who tries to understand why the revolution that enabled her to study will barely allow her to earn a living once she becomes a professor.

In "Granma. Trombones from Havana", together with the 31-year-old musician Diana, whose grandfather was once one of the founding members of the „Orquesta Maravillas de Florida“, these young Cubans embarked on a journey through time in which they told the stories of their families over multiple generations and intertwined them with contemporary sociopolitical questions of a country that is changing. In the company of the composer Ari Benjamin Meyers and four trombones they have exercised a revolutionary music practice: they learned to do together something that they thought would never be possible before.

Artistic director: Stefan Kaegi
Dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich, Yohayna Hernández, Ricardo Sarmiento (assistant)
Stage: Aljoscha Begrich, Julia Casabona (assistant)
Video: Mikko Gaestel in collaboration with Marta María Borrás
Composition: Ari Benjamin-Meyers
Sound Design: Tito Toblerone, Aaron Ghantus
Costumes: Julia Casabona
Technical Direction: Sven Nichterlein
Production management: Maitén Arns

Cast: Milagro Álvarez Leliebre, Daniel Cruces-Pérez, Christian Paneque Moreda, Diana Sainz Mena.


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Previous events

  • 22 March, 2019 to 23 March, 2019: Aufführungen

    Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin

  • 21 March, 2019 to 23 March, 2019: Premiere

    Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin

Additional Venues:

Lausanne, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne: 28–31 March 2019
Basel, Kaserne Basel: 3–4 April 2019
Bologna, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione: 10–11 April 2019
Montréal, FTA (Festival international de danse et théâtre à Montréal): 28–30 May 2019


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