First Week of Production in Havana

I have been in Havana for a week. The performers, orchestra and chorus have been rehearsing diligently.

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First day of lighting installation, front of School of Plastic Arts.

Director Charles Chemin is working wonders with creative concepts to present the work outdoors, site-specific, at the Art Schools. This will be a very special, one-of-a-kind production. It supports the story and the music, and takes both to a higher level of imagination and dramatic power.

Robin Chemin is preparing amazing costumes. She began working on them in Paris, her home, and is finishing them onsite.

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Wardrobe designer, Robin Chemin.

The stage is built, the lights are in, wardrobe is being sewn, sets are arriving from the shop — it’s all coming together for opening night May 21.

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A fearless electrician hangs lights.

 

 

 

 

 

Getting things done in Cuba with proper materials in a timely manner is a challenge. Our team comes with terrific talent — problem-solvers who make things happen.

 

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2 thoughts on “First Week of Production in Havana

  1. I read Michael Cooper’s article in the New York Times and searched for background information online. Enjoyed reading your posts (which mentioned no hardships!). Having visited Cuba for 2+ weeks in January 2014, I can only imagine what you and your team must have overcome in putting this production together, and I hope the work will be seen in NYC in the not too distant future. In Havana, our group attended a rehearsal of the Mal Pas Dance Company (supported by the Ludwig Foundation), and I was thrilled to see the troupe perform at the Joyce Theater in May 2014 and again this year.

    • Thanks Ursula. Yes, there were difficulties. I hope to publish an article soon that will delve into the process of making an opera in Cuba… in seven weeks! I am working hard to get Cubanacan produced in New York, Seattle, LA and Europe. Stay tuned.

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