Yoel Rodriguez Tejeda

Yoel Rodriguez Tejeda

Ernesto Daranas: “I’ve never been censored, but it has happened to many people”

Ernesto Daranas: “I’ve never been censored, but it has happened to many people”

Ernesto Daranas has lived all his life in Old Havana, a landscape he has taken to the big screen, not as he would have liked in all cases, but glad to be able to work freely. This is a fundamental premise for the director of films such as Los dioses rotos, Conducta and Sergio y Serguei, recently awarded a special prize in Moscow. In his youth―he was born on December 7, 1961―it was almost impossible to study cinema in Cuba, so when he finished senior high he decided to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography in the Pedagogical School because "there were not many options of art schools in the country. I really chose this career because there were few boys in a classroom of 30-odd girls (he smiles), and it seemed very appropriate at the time." In his apartment in Havana's Historic Center, Daranas agreed to talk with OnCuba about his work, what motivates him to write and, of course, Cuban cinema. Ernesto Daranas writes his scripts in the same room where his father used to work. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez How does a Bachelor of Geography become a film director? "When I was in...

Spanish festival celebrates Havana’s 500th anniversary

Spanish festival celebrates Havana’s 500th anniversary

Since 2014 a piece of Cuba arrives in the Spanish city of Huelva during the CubaCultura event, a space where through different artistic and traditional manifestations, exponents of dance, music, cinema, plastic arts, among others, are presented at the Harina de Otro Costal Art Center, in Trigueros, Huelva. A summer referent in the Spanish province, in this year's edition from August 23 to 30, leading artists of photography, architecture, literature, music, dance and culinary art; Cubans and Spaniards, will pay tribute to Havana on its 500th anniversary. This year the celebration coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Muelle de las Carabelas museum, which is why "the idea is to extend some of the activities of CubaCultura to the museum," according to Lourdes Garrido, the city’s culture deputy. "Havana would not be understood without its architecture and heritage," said Lourdes Santos, co-director of the center, who announced that the cycle dedicated to both professions on this occasion will be presented on the 27th featuring the study Un sueño en peligro: las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte de La Habana, by María José Pizarro, architect and professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid. The inauguration of the exhibitions by Raúl Cañibano and...

Goyo Montero: “In Cuba I learned on many levels”

Goyo Montero: “In Cuba I learned on many levels”

It is unusual to find foreign dancers who have graduated from the ranks of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC). Goyo Montero, son of Spanish dancer and choreographer Goyo Montero Cortijo and dancer and teacher Rosa Naranjo, maintains a close relationship with this island that saw him form himself as a promise of world dance. Defined as a purely classical dancer, Goyo seeks his own language as a choreographer from a more contemporary perspective, an evolution that he describes as natural for any dancer today. In an interview with OnCuba, the principal director and choreographer at the Nuremberg State Theater Ballet, Germany, comments on his relationship with the Cuban school of ballet and his current work with Acosta Danza. How did you get to study in Cuba? My parents were looking for a school where I could finish my training and that was strong in the technique for boys. Then they thought of the National Ballet of Cuba, which was touring the country at the time, and decided to contact several friends. Mirta Pla and Azari Plisetsky gave courses as part of the program of activities and they met with my parents. It was they, thanks to common contacts and...

Art in times of androids

Art in times of androids

The exhibition which opened this July 18 at the Servando Cabrera Gallery in Havana is not a usual proposal in "gallery art." There are no paintings hanging on the wall or sculptures on a pedestal. En tiempos de androides… is the title of the exhibition that is being displayed during the summer at the Servando Cabrera Gallery, where the public can interact with the fascinating world of robotics, a distant environment in Cuba compared to other countries, but in which Cuban young engineers and programmers seek to insert themselves. The popular drone, unmanned aviation vehicles, robotic arms, a prototype of an intelligent house, among other devices and inventions, make up this exhibition in which, in addition to interacting with the artistic object, it takes on more significance due to its particular function and characteristics than for the aesthetic value the work itself may have. SCARA Robotic Arm, designed by Automatics Engineer Jesús Leonel Vichot. The wide scope of robotics in the world entails multiple implications in daily life. In Cuba, it doesn’t have that much impact beyond the industrial sphere, but this branch of technology has a busy road and En tiempos de androides… confirms it....

Montreal overflows with Cuban jazz

Montreal overflows with Cuban jazz

The 40th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada, considered among the most important in the world, will have Cuban music among its protagonists thanks to the presence of renowned figures such as Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés and Roberto Fonseca. The Diva of the Buena Vista Social Club will open the curtains for Cuba on Thursday the 27th at the Maisonneuve Theater, Place des Arts, as part of its One Last Kiss farewell world tour of the stages. On the following day, Chucho and his Jazz Batá will be at the Maison Simphonique in Montreal. The Cuban Latin jazz legend will be preceded on stage by Colombian harpist Edmar Castañedo. Chucho Valdés. Photo: eventsmusicbcn.com For his part, the talented pianist Roberto Fonseca will be on stage for three consecutive days: the 29th along with the French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, on the 30th he will have a solo performance, while on July 1 he will be accompanied by DJ Joe Claussell, all concerts in Gesù. The group Trabuco Habanero, formed in 2010 by Cuban and Latino musicians, proposes the Noche cubana en compañía del Trabuco Habanero show on July 1, at the Dièse Onze Club, where they...

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