On the 27th of November, 2020, more than 300 artists, intellectuals, and Cuban citizens presented themselves at the Ministry of Culture to demand the government follow through on their supposed commitment to freedom and civil rights. This protest came as a result of police violence exerted the previous day against members of the San Isidro Movement—an activist group who over the course of the past few years has been vocal in demanding greater freedom of expression in Cuba. Using social media as a tool to bring awareness to their cause, they have sparked renewed attention and urgency in calling for an end to government censorship and repression against all artists, intellectuals, and activists in Cuba. This community adopted the name 27N and together have staged peaceful protests asking for freedom of artistic expression in the face of government repression.*
This week, MOCA Los Angeles will host a virtual panel with artist and activist Tania Bruguera and other members of the 27N. See link below to register.
Spectacle, cabaret, fashion, poetry, violence, drag, and the myths of Cuban writer/activist José Marti and Antigone clash by night at REDCAT in ANTIGONÓN, UN CONTIGENTE ÉPICO. “I prepare a play like if I were preparing a party.” — director Carlos Díaz
ANTIGONÓN, by Rogelio Orizondo, was conceived in 2012 as a graduate work for Orizondo and the actresses Giselda Calero and Daysi Forcade. Díaz—founder of Havana’s Teatro El Público and a professor at the National Theater School—came on board as director and advisor, and the work has since traveled across Latin America and Europe to sold-out houses.