Theater is an ancient art that stirs and provokes thought. He is the father of all arts. It is a beacon and guide for humanity. It has the power to overcome ethnic, political and cultural barriers and unite men around a common language. Collective art is the fruit of teamwork in front of the stage and behind the scenes.
Every March 27, since 1961, International Theater Day is celebrated on the initiative of the International Theater Institute (ITI). Events are organized around history all over the world.
It has been a tradition, since 1962, for a world-famous figure, invited by ITI, to share a message about theatrical art and a culture of peace. The 2022 message was in charge of Peter Sellars, director of opera and theater, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.
“Theatre is the creation of a space on earth for equality of men, deities, plants and animals, raindrops, tears, and renewal. The North American playwright said that a space of equality and deep listening is illuminated by hidden beauty, which is kept alive in a profound interplay of danger, poise, wisdom, work, and patience.”
Sellars, who has gained international fame for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of the classics, continues his message like this:
Theater has always presented the life of this world as a mirage, allowing us to see human illusion, deception, blindness, and denial with clarity and liberating power.
The advocate for collaborative projects with creative artists and celebrities ends with these words of wisdom:
“This is a time of profound recovery for our minds, our senses, our imagination, our stories and our future. This work cannot be done by isolated people working alone. This is work we have to do together. Theater is a call to do this work together. Thank you very much for your work.”
With great pleasure we received the news of the selection of Pedro Franco, Director of Matanzas El Portazo Group, by the ITI World Council to be part of the celebration of World Theater Day to be held at UNESCO Headquarters, along with other emerging artists, in Paris, France, on March 27, informs, at profile FacebookCarlos Celderan Prize for the National Theater.
In these last days of March, theatrical performances are staged or replaced, theoretical events, talks, gatherings, seminars, amateur artist performances, pantomime performances, oral narrative events, and spaces for professional technical training for art instructors are organized. Today becomes an ideal moment to acknowledge the eminent personalities, cultural promoters and members of the José Martí Brigade.
On similar dates, 60 years ago, the Rita Montaner group was founded, which is currently managed by Fernando Quinones.
We also want to remember that in 2022, the great actress and teacher of several generations of Cuban artists, Corina Mestre, was awarded the National Theater Prize, which we congratulate in a very special way.
From the Cuban capital, Carmela Nunez sends a message on behalf of the Teatro Viajero group, which she directs with actor Levaldo Diaz Fernandez (watch the full video here):
“For us as Cuban puppeteers, it is a joy to create from circumstances, often not the most favorable, but ultimately to grow up in this challenge and create new forms of expression and communication to be close to children, to get to know them, and always have fun With that freshness and that joy that they leave us with, and that energy that they give us in the end.”
“Congratulations to all the stage makers, and to all the weavers of dreams, adventures and poetry,” concludes Carmela.
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