The Value of
A tribute to creations by women and
to the value of their creativity is the main focus
of the second Ellas Crean Festival, Cuba 2014,
taking place in several locations across Havana
until October 18.
Platas, cultural attaché at the Spanish Embassy in
Cuba, said that "the new features of this festival
are the workshops addressed to women, where several
Spanish women will share their experiences."
Among the workshops are: Restoration,
conducted by Spanish specialist Johina García-Concheso;
Gender and Society, coordinated by the project
Circuito Líquido; and a baking workshop, for female
cooks and led by Spanish chef Eva Arguiñano, who has
imposed her talent in a world ruled by men.
The workshop on the Drafting of
Business Plans for Enterprising Women has created
great expectations among Cuban women for its
importance in the context of the country’s current
socio-cultural context, characterized by self-employment
– a modality that contributes to the family and
Renowned professor Danae Diéguez, a
member of the Gender and Culture group at the
National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
will coordinate the workshop "Gender and Creation:
For a non-sexist culture."
Spanish specialists Anatxu
Zabalbeascoa and Inés Sánchez, will present a
different point of view when they talk about
Architecture and Urbanism as a concept of gender.
The documentary La hora dorada,
(The Golden Hour) - the first work
by filmmaker Ingrid León Vila - will be shown as an
introduction to the Festival. The theme of this
documentary is related to the meaning of survival.
It provides the testimony of Cuban women who have
survived despite having suffered painful experiences,
such as the death of their loved ones, imprisonment
As Lizette Vila commented, "this
documentary is an example of how art can become a
way of group and collective conscience."
Among the faces that can be seen on
the screen are actress Diana Rosa Suárez;
professional athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot; poet Lina
de Feria; a transsexual woman; a Cuban Muslim woman;
and a young graduate in journalism.
According to director of the Cuban
Film Archives, Luciano Castillo, the second Ellas
Crean Festival, will be the appropriate framework to
exhibit, at the Riviera theatre, the most important
retrospective on women’s creation conducted by the
Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC).
The Festival includes 43 films
produced by 35 filmmakers either from the
International Film and Television School in San
Antonio de los Baños or other independent companies.
Thanks to the work of curator Danae Diéguez, the
audience will be able to enjoy Rumba en
televisión (1950), the first film in
which a female filmmaker appears in the credits.
Las ventanas, (The Windows)
a short fiction film by Maryulis Alfonso, will also
This exhibit, in commemoration of
the 40th anniversary of the death of director Sara
Gómez, will show the documentary Dónde estás,
Sara Gómez, (Where Are You Sara Gómez)
by Alessandra Müller. This work is a
recollection of the imprint left by the director of
the feature film De cierta manera (A
to gender violence in the music industry
A concert by Zule Guerra and Blues
de Habana is scheduled for October 15 at the Museum
of Fine Arts´ (MNBA) theatre. Zule is one of the
female voices of Cuban jazz that has joined the
fight against gender violence.
"Until now, I have played at jazz
clubs and festivals. This will be my first official
concert in a theater. I want to dedicate it to the
presence of women in jazz, a genre that is generally
played by men. There are few jazzwomen in Cuba.
"In this concert, my special guests
will be those people who have supported me
throughout my career as a jazzwoman, including Bobby
Carcassés; Yasek Manzano and Alexei (El tipo
este – That Guy), leader of the Cuban hip hop duo
Obsesión," added Zule, who won the Jojazz 2013 award.
Zule, who is also a composer,
announced that during the concert she will play
original works or popularized by other female
artists, such as Marta Valdés, Elena Burke, Elis
Regina, Rosa Passos and Billie Holiday.
with women’s´ faces
The exhibit Variaciones
contempladas en silencio (Silent Contemplated
Variations), by curator Aylet Ojeda, will
be inaugurated at the Cuban Art building of the MNBA.
This exhibit includes the work of five female Cuban
visual artists: Glenda León, Susana Pilar Delante,
Grethell Rasúa, Yaima Carranza and Analía Amaya.
"These five pieces are not related
to gender, but strong senses are needed to enjoy
them. An example of this is ‘Contemplando las
estrellas’ (Contemplating the Stars),
a music box that reproduces a stave score.
Glenda León presented this work at the Venice
"Susana Pilar’s work is entitled
‘Tiempo de espera’ (Waiting Time),
while Yaima’s work is related to the colors of
the cosmetics company OPI. Grethell´s work is a
performance, and Analía’s, a video entitled ‘Horizonte’,"
On Thursday, October 16, at 7:00pm,
the monologue Remolino en las aguas (Swirling
in the Water), will be shown again
at the Bertolt Brecht Theater. In this work, by
Gerardo Fulleda León, 2014 National Theatre Award
winner, actress Leidis Díaz plays the role of La
Lupe. As the young actress of the Mephisto Teatro
Company commented, "she is all passion; all love…an
example of a woman who really liked to create, to
No doubt, one of the main
attractions of the Festival will be the premiere of
the monologue Una rosa para Catalina Lasa,
written by actress and playwright Rosa Ileana
Boudet for her daughter Broselianda Hernández. This
work will be performed at the Adolfo Llauradó
Theater on Friday, October 17, at 7:00pm.
The closing of the Ellas Crean
Festival will be the other high point of the event.
Starring Laura de la Uz and other invited actresses,
the Ellas Crean Reality Show will be perforemd at
the Mella Theater on Saturday 18, at 8:30pm.
Margarita de la Uz, mother of the versatile actress,
will act for the first time.
"In this solo performance I want to
show the dilemma between the everyday life of a
Cuban woman and her work as a creator. I want to
bring back reawaken the music of the 1970s, and to
pay tribute to the Cuban women who have been a
source of inspiration to Cuban music.
"There is a surprise part of the
show. It is an idea I have had for many years, and
will be directed by Raúl Martín (Teatro de La
Luna)," said the star of La película de Ana
This reality show will include video
recordings of Laura’s everyday life, which could be
the life of any Cuban woman and mother. There are
even live improvisations, songs. This is a unique
opportunity to enjoy a multifaceted and diverse
festival with a special emphasis on the best of
women’s creativity. (Cuba Si)