jueves, 28 de julio de 2011

Film Habanastation Premieres in United States

The Cuban film Habanastation by young director Ian Padron will premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival, founded by U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore.

Padron and actress Blanca Rosa Blanco, one of the stars of Habanastation, will be at the premiere, a one-time screening at the Lars Hockstand Auditorium in Traverse City, Michigan, for which tickets were sold out in advance.

Padron told reporters that he was expectant about the reaction of a U.S. audience, the first outside Cuba to see the film after its July 16 premiere in Havana.

With Andy Fornaris and Ernesto Escalona as its two co-stars, the film tells the story of two boys, Mayito and Carlos, classmates from different social backgrounds who are dazzled by the world of video games.

Habanastation is a co-production of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT), and the children's theater company La Colmenita, which provided much of the film's cast.

After Traverse City, the film will participate in other film festivals in Europe.

sábado, 16 de julio de 2011

Cuban Filmmaker Wins Award at Uruguayan Film Festival

The Cuban filmmaker Barbaro Joel Ortiz won the prize for Best Animated Short for "20 años" (Twenty Years), at the 4th Cine del Mar Film Festival in Uruguay.

The 2009 film deals with unsuccessful attempts of a woman to revive her 20-year marriage.

The Cine del Mar film festival, which ended last week, was held in the resort city of Punta del Este.

Festival director Fernando Goldsman and producer Jorge Jellinek presented Ortiz with a plaque from the Maldonado City Council and the Cine del Mar award in a ceremony at the Cuban embassy in the capital.

Goldsman said it was the first time that the regional festival had invited Cuba to participate, and that Ortiz's film won over audiences, critics and other experts.

jueves, 14 de julio de 2011

Raul Torres Pays Homage to Facundo Cabral

Cuban singer songwriter Raul Torres dedicated one of his best-known songs on a concert to Argentinean composer and poet Facundo Cabral, who was murdered
on Saturday in Guatemala.

“To that unforgettable voice I dedicate my song Candil de Nieve,” Torres said on his concert last Sunday.

He added: “Cabral will continue to be an unquestionable referent of the Latin American protest song, a source which we all have to provide from because of his intelligent and profound texts…he is an essential figure within the musical stave of the continent.”

In his over one-hour concert, Torres, who became famous in Cuba in the early 1990s for Candil de Nieve, sang pieces from his most recent record Fenix de Cristal.

He was accompanied on stage by a quartet made up of piano, guitar, bass and drums.
After recording Candil de Nieve, featuring renowned Cuban singer songwriter Pablo Milanes, Torres became one of the most original voices of the Nueva Trova musical movement. His songs have been interpreted by Spanish Ana Belen and Joaquin Sabina, Brazilian Simone and Argentinean Fito Paez.

sábado, 2 de julio de 2011

San Francisco Girls Chorus in Cuba

For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world’s most respected vocal ensembles. And now directed by Susan McMane and winner of five Grammy, will make its debut in Cuba on July 5 in the central city of Santa Clara.

San Francisco Girls Chorus was founded in 1978 in California, United States and is made up of adolescents aged between 13 and 17. The chorus provides an accessible, comprehensive music education and
performance program that serves Bay Area girls from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

According to the program, the chorus whose program is founded on the highest standards of artistic excellence, will share the stage with the Professional Chorus of Villa Clara and the Coramartha Chamber Chorus. It will also star in the western provinces of Matanzas and Havana.

The tour will close on Friday 8 at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in the capital municipality of Old Havana, where they will perform along with the National Chorus of Cuba and the Ensemble Vocal Luna, conducted
by Digna Guerra and Wilmia Verrier, respectively.

San Francisco Girls Chorus won last year an award, shared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, for the recording of the Eighth Symphony by Gustav Mahler and it has recorded 7 albums.

The Girls Chorus is invited annually to perform with musical organizations including San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and others.

Lizt Alfonso Ballet in Bahrain Summer Festival 2011

The Cuban ballet company Lizt Alfonso will go back to the Middle East, less than one month after performing in Qatar, to participate in the Bahrain Summer Festival in Manama running through July. This time, the company will present “Fuerza y Compás” (Force and Rhythm), a show that has received very good reviews all over the world.

Bahrain is the third country in the region where the Lizt Alfonso Ballet has performed. The other two are Qatar (twice) and Egypt.
In the meantime, Lizt Alfonso dancers (all women) are giving the final touches to their new show which is part of the company’s projects for its 20th anniversary.

“Amigas” (Girl Friends) is the name of Alfonso’s most recent production that is expected to be premiered by the end of this month in Hamburg, Germany.