Four years ago we embarked on an ambitious project to bring artists from the United States and Cuba closer together. The premise was simple: use artistic exchange to create a bridge between two countries that have been divided for so long.
The blockage between our countries is a political and economic one, but our project is more interested in the emotional and cultural forgetting it has inflicted, and how we (as a new generation of American and Cuban artists) can respond.
So our big idea: built a coalition of theater artists, filmmakers, and musicians in Los Angeles (where we are based) and Havana and collaboratively write, produce, and perform an innovative new theater piece.
The project, titled The Closest Farthest Away/La Entrañable Lejanía, has been on a long journey. After a few years of hard work, in 2007 we completed an unprecedented bi-nationally produced four week film shoot in Havana.
And just last December of 2009 we accomplished something truly remarkable: we completed the staging of the production here in Los Angeles and world-premiered it in Cuba at the Havana International Film Festival.
We are now asking you for help to kickstart our US premier of The Closest Farthest Away/La Entrañable Lejanía. We already have an invitation to the Global CubaFest in Miami this March. They've found us a wonderful theater in Miami Beach. Now, we just need to get ourselves there. That's where you come in.
Every dollar we've set in our Kickstarter goal is needed to make this happen by March. All pledges will help get our amazing nine person artistic team closer to Miami. And along the way, you'll help us purchase a bulb for one of the four video projectors we use in the show, as well as a few lighting instruments we need.
The premier of the show here in the United States is really important for two reasons: The first is that, by being experienced by audiences in both Cuba and the United States, it will complete the cycle of the project. And secondly, if we can successfully show it here in the States, we'll have a much better chance of touring the show both nationally and internationally in the coming year.
So, what are you waiting for? Our time is short, but together we can do this. We've put together some really nice rewards for donating to the project, including limited edition prints of photos and memorabilia from the show in Havana. If you've donated to the project before, we thank you for your continued generosity. If this is your first time donating, welcome to the team!
For more info, photos, and video about the project, please visit our website at http://www.projectporamor.com
Sage Lewis: Creator & Composer
Aleigh Lewis: Co-Creator, Video Editor, and OnStage Cinematographer
Chi-wang Yang: Performance Director
Miranda Wright: Theater Producer
Shannon Scrofano: Scenic Design
Nathan Ruyle: Sound Design
Jeanette Yew: Lighting Design
Sandra Burns: Costume Design
Written by Joy Tomasko, Agnieska Hernandez, and Boris Gonzalez
With additional sections by Jane Pickett
Dramaturgy by Esther Maria Hernandez
Armando McClain and Andrea LeBlanc
Photography by Adrianne Koteen
- (22 days)