By Livia Galvez
That night, Maikel Iglesias was going to represent peace, forgiveness, good… and he did represent that! A very difficult role that he assumed with grandeur. “Don’t worry, Livi, nothing will happen.” But he was mistaken about that. His character was richly enhanced as the night progressed. He almost did not have to make any last minute adjustments, only a few minor details. His two friends were not able to be with him as had been previously planned. The authorities from the government took a few measures, and what he meant to do on foot, he did by car. Don’t worry, Maikel, the show did go on!
Sergio Suarez was the victim of his own role, which was to be power, censorship, oppression. What irony! Perhaps his acting was not going to be so magnificent, so others assumed his role. His weak appearance does not always permit the rock of his spirit to shine through. He could only partially represent his role of power: that part of power which is useful, the power of convictions, the power of fidelity to one’s country and to oneself. Bravo, Sergio!
They say that Yamilia Perez prayed … and his prayers were heard. A masterful performance! God gave him the opportunity to be part of the pain, the cross and the sacrifice that night more than ever. This character was fully achieved, was not resigned, and made his, also, that of his two friends. Cross-goodness; power-sacrifice; oppression-forgiveness, red, white, and black… A mixture that made that night special.
Livia Gálvez Chiu
Copy Editor of the journal Coexistence.
* Translator’s note: This post refers to a performance piece in which three Cuban artists meant to act out the roles of goodness, power, and forgiveness in Pinar Del Rio. The State, broke up the performance by removing by car the actor whose role was to play goodness.
Translated by ricote