Theatre, savage Islands and Sponsor Opportunities

December 12, 2009

This is a print piece I’ve being working on for The Tempest Ball. I’m really loving every minute of this project. This is a interesting tip: The Tempest is a very special referent for Caribbean people. In 1971, Roberto Fernández Retamar -current Casa de las Americas’ President- published his essay “Calibán”. A sort of manifesto for Latin American and Caribbean writers. In his essay, the central figure of The Tempest -the rude savage Caliban- becomes a powerful metaphor of Latinoamerican cultural situation—both its marginality and its revolutionary potential.

Retamar finds the literary and historic origins of Caliban in Columbus’s Navigation Log Books, where the Carib Indian becomes a cannibal, a bestial human being situated on the margins of civilization. The concept traveled from Montaigne to Shakespeare, on down to Ernest Renan and, in the twentieth century, to Aimé Césaire and other writers who consciously worked with or against the vivid symbolic figures of Prospero, Caliban, and Ariel.

Of course I had no intentions of providing that level of depth to the project I’m working on, but I found quite interesting the juxtaposition of this two realities: The Tempest Ball concieved as  a courtesan divertimento, and Retamar’s vision of The Tempest as a cultural study. I can’t help my self, I read Retamar before reading Shakespeare. And both are great.

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