It is a branch of the performing arts that has greater acceptance in the entire Granma geography. To say theatre in Granma is more than pure fun, in this region of the country the theatre is considered culture and tradition.
Among the most representative theatre groups in Granma we find the Guerrilla de Teatrero group, which makes its presentations throughout the province, from the city of Bayamo to the most intricate mountainous areas. This theatre group recently celebrated 25 years of foundation and has been national avant-garde on several occasions.
Other important theatre groups in Granma include: Teatro Andante, Teatro Guiñol Pequeño Príncipe, Teatro Tiempo and Grupo Alas de Cuba. These groups make their presentations mainly in the provincial municipal capital, mainly in the theatres: José Joaquín Palma (Old Convent), Teatro Bayamo and in Teatro 10 de Octubre.Read More...
Teatro Callejero Andante
It was founded on December 14, 1991 by Juan González Fiffe. Andante outlines his artistic line towards a theater that recognizes man as center, responsible for present and future, conservative and transforming his environment. In the aesthetic order investigates cultural patterns of the local tradition, fusing it with the contemporary theatrical universe, taking advantage for the representation the most dissimilar spaces of communities, streets, squares, sports areas, social circles, schools, etc.
Since 1997-98 the Community Theater Network has been gestating. Andante is part of this idea from the beginning and carries out concrete actions to solidify this movement that grows with the integration of valuable groups and projects in Central, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Andante's intervention has been decisive, sharing experiences, events and work processes not only in Cuba where artists of this Network have shared actions in project areas in the mountains and on the plain, but with the participation of Andante in several actions, tours, events and theoretical days in several cities of Colombia.
Maintaining the directed work, with the active participation of girls and boys is an action that highlights the work of Teatro Callejero Andante; it is an efficient way to prepare the future, in this project "The Andantinos" that already has 23 years of founded. In this project participate children and adolescents from 3 to 15 years old. In the group, they not only receive classes that allow them to enjoy and develop talent in dance, music, theater; they also receive civic preparation, values, and development to understand socialization processes.
Within the repertoire of the Andantinos, the performance of the premiere of the show, "Versos de Mar", allowed infants to share their art with audiences from different municipalities and communities during the summer period and within the activities of Fiesta de la Cubanía.
Defining itself as a street theater leads its creators to scrutinize deeply and experiment with expressive means in a new dynamic and a different way of relating to the public. Among his latest works are: Domingo sin sol, ¡Ay Margarita!, Feria de los sueños, La ronda de los cuenteros, Cuba de sol a mi, El mejor amigo del hombre, Cantar a Teresita, Claro de luna, Marinero, among others.
COLECTIVO TEATRAL GRANMA
Founder of the professional theater in the province is founded on February 14, 1977. It has a long and rich trajectory with nearly a hundred works taken to the scene, (a high percentage of them by the authorship of its director Norberto Reyes Blázquez ) and multiple awards for staging, acting and stage design, achieved in the next festivals: International Theater of Havana, National Theater of Camagüey, Aquelarre de la Habana, Máscara de Caoba of Santiago de Cuba, Sin fronteras Ciego de Ávila, among others.
Almost without meaning, it addresses issues of current Cuban reality through the genres of comedy and farce. It has a humoristic-musical project with which it has also won national awards.
This group has become a school because several generations of actors and dramatic directors of the province have been formed in it, whose professional quality has been well recognized by the public and the Cuban theater movement since the 80s. Among their latest works stand out: El paciente impaciente, De Monte adentro, El tesoro de los niños, Pájaro o Ratón.
GUIÑOL PEQUEÑO PRÍNCIPE
It was founded on May 20, 1979. The aesthetic budgets of the group are aimed at the artistic creation of children and young people. It has developed its aesthetic line combining the puppet in its different techniques and the actor expressing himself through the mastery of the body with the use of dance and pantomime. This group is the protagonist of one of the most important events celebrated the province: “Primavera Teatral”, summons prominent groups of the country and other sister nations that share this eagerness for theatrical art permeating our city with plenty of puppets, clowns and storytellers. Among his shows are: El Tín Marín de los payasos, Truquini, Los cuenteros del Paseo, and others that have caused a great impact on the child audience.
THEATER ALAS D'CUBA
It was founded on November 15, 1995. As a characteristic of its aesthetic proposal, from the beginning it assumed a conciliatory position in the assimilation of the most remarkable currents of the theatrical event, allowing it to implement more particular methods.
From its beginning to now it defends the creation of a theater without limits of genres or themes, gradually defining a special interest in the problems and existential conflicts of human beings in their interaction with society, family, religion and politics. His texts, elaborated or selected, accentuate the lyrical intention in the dramaturgy and the staging, paying particular attention to the body language of the actors and the dialog-gesture relationship. In his work the group has made intense theoretical-practical processes of research and training that have allowed an adequate evolution of its aesthetic line, in tune with the expressive codes of the avant-garde and more contemporary trends.
From this progressive consolidation of its aesthetic line the group has been inserted into the Cuban theater movement with new proposals, among which stand out El Sueño Inmóvil, Canto subterráneo, Dos perdidos en una noche sucia, Cintas de seda, Neva, Mamá and more recently Noria, with which it has continued his presence in important festivals in Cuba and abroad. The general direction is exercised by the excellent actor and artistic director Fernando Muñoz Carrazana.
The Bienandanza Company was founded on April 29, 2009, directed by Yordanis Batista Barea. It groups the graduates of recent graduations. Its general objective is to demonstrate, through professional work, the creation of plays and scenic performances, with codes and languages very typical of dance, which defines the aesthetic line of the company. It also achieves effectiveness in communicating with viewers through a language that preserves, represents and defends the nuances, components and the most characteristic values of our nationality and cultural identity.
The company transmits the authenticity of our culture, from a contemporary conception with aesthetic and didactic elements that contribute and respond to the principles of an integral general culture as a reference of the manifestation in the territory. Among its choreographies stand out: Náufrago, Homenaje al Son, Estudio Coreográfico Trayectoria e Infortunio.
It was founded on December 14, 1995 and it is located in the city of Manzanillo. It carries out community work in areas that are difficult to access and others where it carries out social work of deserved recognition. It is a traditional circus that is composed of clowns, jugglers, contortionists, duets of strength and the main attraction is the taming of animals (lions, crocodiles and others). Between its spectacles can be found: Las cosas del circo and Felicidad. This renowned project is directed by Jorge Luis Rodríguez Verdecia
The project was founded in January 2016, it addresses women's issues from a gender equity perspective. In 2013, from that collective, it was staged the play "Emigrantes del Ocaso", a text about the poet María Luisa Milanés. Since 2005 the theme of femininity, the problems, setbacks and interests of women in general, is a concern for the creators in the territory.
Even when it comes to opportunities and options, women that work for the theater consider the need for a voice of expression, a contemporary vision assuming constant renewal to interact with diverse population sectors. Feminist ideals are not specific to a genre, they are universal exhortations of equality, based on sociocultural springs, lines of reflection in new forms of exercise to stage topics on women, seek beauty, overflow sensations that born within the actresses, fill gaps of their desires and dreams.
Without doubt, this living organism undergoes a creative process from which the characters are first born from a scenic vision, erecting a poetic with intention in three fundamental lines: treatment of the classic, the conflicts of contemporary society and the themes about women. The general direction is in charge of Mirelis Echenique.
GUERRILLA DE TEATREROS
Through its director René Reyes, it has been carrying out a sustained work in the Plan Turquino Manatí, constituting an important fact in the social and cultural life of the communities, providing through different artistic and literary manifestations contributions of educational values to children and young people, enriching the entire population with an aesthetic taste with works of art, stimulating the spirit through creation and entertainment.
It is approved as an artistic project on November 6, 2011. The group develops all artistic manifestations, although its main communicative spring is theater, using the other artistic means as forms of expression aimed at achieving the objectives of it. Its line as a group is based on the Clown technique, it breaks with conventional elements to create a relationship with the public, dynamite the scene with images from an experimental discourse where there is no text but movement. It also addresses universal and contemporary issues. The general direction is in charge of Ariel Hernández Chávez. Among his active repertoire are the works: La noche, Inopia, Subterfugio y Monomanía.
It was founded on February 14, 1995 with the aim of defending and massifying the culture of the territory. The artistic collective is directed by the actress Noelia Yaqui Cedeño. The group starts from its own themes and impulses in the composition of its shows. It also dabbles in the theater for children, with the use of the clown technique. It also immerses itself in adult theater combining reality with fiction. Its current poetics consist of forming a group of actors dedicated to the deep investigation of their being; representing dimensions of ourselves with facets of our identity recognizable as Cubans.