Last week concluded TCG’s Cuba Exploratorium trip, which brought nearly 20 TCG Member Theatre staffers and artists to Cuba as pasrt of our World Theatre Day programming. Arts officials in Cuba believe ours is the largest delegation of U.S. theatre professionals to ever visit their country! We visited with theatres like Teatro de los Elementos, an ensemble that creates in, around and with nature on a large stretch of land near Cumanayagua; Danza del Alma, an all-male dance company based in Santa Clara; and Estudio Teatral, a theatre located in the same town.
We then worked through a rich itinerary of dance, theatre, music and visual art here in Havana. As I wrote in last week’s Update, theatre has the power to connect us across time, space and difference. It also connects us across borders and vastly different political and economic systems. The artistic soul, the impulse that drives people to create, to be passionate about the work, and of course, to be opinionated about the work is something we all share, regardless of politics or nationality. We have been experiencing all of this abundantly, and members of our delegation will have much to share in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, back at “the ranch” I’d like to remind you that the absolute FINAL deadline for the TCG Fiscal Survey 2012 is Friday, March 29. Participation from as many Member Theatres as possible is absolutely crucial to achieving the robust data necessary to inform our research into the shifting fiscal trends and evolving financial health of the field, so thank you for making time, and don’t hesitate to contact Ilana Rose with any questions.