Metales de Cuba
Premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, 21/03/2019
About this event
Cuba, 60 years after the Revolution: Daniel, 36, is a mathematician and filmmaker. His grandfather, Faustino Pérez, was one of Fidel Castro’s most trusted comrades who set up the ship “Granma” moving revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba in 1956. After their triumph, Pérez became the first “Minister for the Recovery of Property” and ordered the expropriation of the elite. His grandson Daniel still keeps the catalogue from an auction where valuable barrettes and seaside villas were being sold. Now, what is all of that worth today? On stage, together with Daniel, the 24-year-old software programmer Christián follows the path of his grandfather, who was combat pilot in Angola during the civil war. The history student Milagros tries to understand why the Revolution that made it possible for her to study at University, is not able to feed her now that she is a professor.
Cuba has always represented a projection space for utopians and the symbol of the enemy for critics. In Nietos de la revolución, young Cubans tell the stories of their families over multiple generations connecting with contemporary sociopolitical issues from a rapidly changing country. In doing so, they adopt Cuba’s history in order to keep writing it.
photo Mikko Gaestel/Expander
photo gallery Dorothea Tuch