Cuban Theatre Company Presents Their Take On Classic Spanish Play On The Border

The now El Paso based-Cuban created theatre company, Jazz Vilá Projects, are set to perform their self-described “modern” rendition of Spanish playwrights, Calderón de la Barca’s, La Vida es Sueño. The performance will take place April 11 at 7:00 PM at the Chamizal National Memorial on the U.S. side of the border.

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Yordanka Ariosa (left), at a rehearsal. photo from Jazz Vila Projects Facebook page. 

The cast consists of Cuban and Mexican actors, which highlights the participation of the multi-awarded Afro-Cuban actress Yordanka Ariosa, winner of the Silver Shell.

The play is being produced by Jazz Vila Projects, the theatre company founded in 2015 by Cuban playwright, director, and actor, Jazz Vila. The theatre group states its purpose as being to “recover the attention of the young audience through themes such as love, diversity, sexuality, fear, and isolation from a contemporary perspective.”

Three years into the company’s existence and it has already performed around the world in countries such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. The company’s founder and CEO, Jazz Vila, has been invited to prestigious events such as the Festival de
Avignon and the Festival de Cannes (France), the Talent Campus Guadalajara (Mexico) and the Berlinale Talent (Germany).

By Antonio Villaseñor-Baca

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