Cuba Report #1

I just recently returned from Havana after a week of intense preparation for the upcoming premiere of the Cubanacan opera at the 2015 Havana Bienal in May. By my account I had a total of 15 meetings with 37 different people over the course of five days. If you’ve been to Cuba you’ll know that’s a lot to get done in a very short time!

The primary purpose of my trip was cementing performance details with the staff at the Bienal, at ISA (the art schools which is the venue for the performances), and hiring the rest of the creative team.

Dates and times are set: Thursday May 21, Saturday May 23, and Monday May 25 — all performances beginning at 8:30 PM. At the Institute de Artes Superior (ISA); School of Plastic Arts in the Playa district of Havana.

In further posts I will go into more detail. Suffice it to say the infrastructure is in place, the creative team is assembled, and the way forward is clear.

The artists and performers in Havana are excited and already working hard to make the opera premiere original, ground-breaking, and memorable.

Here are two views from the “base” of my operations, Casa Alina, on the seventh floor in Havana Vieja.

This building, across the way, will be dressed with outdoor gardens and flora as a Bienal art installation.

This building, across the way from the Casa, will be dressed with outdoor gardens and flora as a Bienal art installation.

View  north from the living room: Musee de Revolution with scaffolding.

View north from the living room: Musee de Revolution with scaffolding. The Faro Castillo del Morro and the Straits of Florida on the horizon.

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