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The local Guiñol theater group leaves the stage and reaches children from the network. Since last January, with more than 6 theatrical shows, the actors keep alive the systematic work of a collective faithful to its history and audience.
The situation caused by COVID-19 changed the routines also for the Guiñol theater of Cienfuegos. Conventional shows are now moved to cyberspace every Sunday afternoon, which has imposed new challenges for the group's actors.
Daymani Blanco Serra, director of the Guiñol Cienfuegos Theater Group, explains that "theater is face-to-face. It is very difficult for a group to perform a live play without people. We have had to adapt to the ways of doing in social networks and many times we do not have all the necessary technology".
According to Yanisleidy Ruiz, actress of Guiñol Cienfuegos, "Just having a camera in front of you is a challenge for those of us who are beginners in online transmissions. In your mind you have to create an incentive to go on stage and imagine that the children are watching".
The initiatives are small-format productions, shows that do not exceed three actors in order to comply with health standards. In this way, plays such as Juanín y Tun tun tun and Si yo te contara (If I were to tell you), which the children prefer, are brought to the stage.
Blanco Serra added that "we are also working with the Computing Youth Clubs to bring these productions to the backpacks and thus reach not only those who have access to the Internet, but all children who are eager for theater".
The Guiñol Cienfuegos is thus developing an atypical day to celebrate the International Theater Day, which will last until March 27, and, with these alternatives, to shorten distances with its public.
(Taken from Perlavisión)
English version Hector Hdez.