Granma. Trombones from Havana

By Kaegi

Cuba has always been a projection space for utopians and concept of the enemy for critics. 60 years after the Revolution, Rimini Protokoll asked the grandchildren generation on their relation to the myths and realities of the Revolution and invited four of them to tell their story on stage. For example Daniel, 36, is a mathematician and filmmaker. His grandfather Faustino Pérez was one of Fidel Castro’s most trusted comrades, and in 1956 he organized the ship “Granma” that brought revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba. After their triumph, Pérez became the first “Minister for the Recovery of Property” and commenced the expropriation of the elite. His grandson Daniel still has the catalogue from an auction where valuable barrettes and seaside villas were being sold. But what is all of that worth today? On stage with Daniel, the 24-year-old software programmer Christián traces the path of his grandfather, who was in Angola as a combat pilot in the civil war. Milagro tries to carry forward the history of the revolution, which enabled her to study.
 
In Granma. Trombones from Havana, together with the 31 year old musician Diana, whose grandfather was once one of the founding members of the „Orquesta Maravillas de Florida“, these young Cubans embark on a journey through time in which they tell the stories of their families over multiple generations and intertwine them with contemporary sociopolitical questions of a country that is changing. In this intent, they are making Cuba’s history their own in order to keep writing it. In the company of the composer Ari Benjamin Meyers and four trombones they exercise a revolutionary music practice: they learn to do together something that they thought would never be possible before.
 
Concept / Direction: Stefan Kaegi
Dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich and Yohayna Hernández 
Stage: Aljoscha Begrich
Stage assistant: Julia Casabona
Video: Mikko Gaestel in collaboration with Marta María Borrás (Cuba)
Composition: Ari Benjamin-Meyers
Sound Design: Tito Toblerone 
Trombone lessons: Yoandry Argudin Ferrer and Diana Sainz Mena
Technical Direction: Sven Nichterlein
Research Cuba: Residencia Documenta Sur, coordinated by Laboratorio Escénico de Experimentación Social
Interviews Cuba: Taimi Diéguez Mallo, Karina Pino Gallardo, Maité Hernández-Lorenzo, José Ramón Hernández Suárez, Ricardo Sarmiento Ramírez 
Coordination / Production Cuba: Dianelis Diéguez and Miriam E. González Abad (assistant)
Production management: Maitén Arns and Federico Schwindt (assistant)
 
With: Milagro Alvarez Leliebre, Daniel Cruces-Pérez, Christian Paneque Moreda, Diana Sainz Mena. 
 
A Production of Rimini Protokoll and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin in coproduction with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Kaserne Basel, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Théatre Vidy-Lausanne, LuganoInscena-Lac, Zürcher Theaterspektakel. 

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In collaboration with Goethe Institut Havanna.