Cuban Theater Digital Archive

If you are going to pull a knife, USAlo

Directing team: +

Name Function(s)
Carlos Díaz Director
Eddy Díaz Souza Assistant Director

Cast: +

Name Role(s)
Carlos Miguel Caballero Actor / actress
Elizabeth Doud Dancer

Design team: +

Name Function(s)
Carlos Repilado Light designer

Production team: +

Name Function(s)
FUNDarte Producer

Notes: +


You can see a recording in Spanish here.

This dance theater performance piece takes us to a visual plane where petroleum contaminated marine life frames the scenic horizon. Together with Samuel Beckett, the work reinvents the illusion of Ulysses’ mermaids and thrashes out issues of lost love between a petroleum platform worker and a Disney World character actress. 

 It employs the texts of Samuel Beckett as a foundation for dramatic exchanges that touch on pessimism, hopelessness, and absurd sea life. This cutting-edge work mines these gloomy themes in search of something upbeat to cling to:  a magic solvent that will clean the ocean, the prospect of the perfect job that pays you to do what you love, or a piece of floating plastic garbage large enough to float on without drowning.

This work is performed simultaneously in both Spanish and English, in keeping with the spirit of Beckett who composed in French and English, and was able to move between two languages fluidly.  Representing a linguistic reality of the Miami community and local work lives, the story will play off tensions of opposites:  The mythical figure of the mermaid, and the very real horror of the pollutions of our oceans; the irreversible destructiveness of plastic, and the possibility to reinvent yourself over and over again; the Tower of Babel-like confusion of fused and multiple languages, and the perfect recognition of ourselves in the whole of humanity. (Information taken from FUNDarte)



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