Teatro Avante returns from a successful cultural exchange with Spain

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By Teatro Avante Teatro Avante is back from a successful international cultural exchange with Spain. Aire frío (Cold Air), a free version by Raquel Carrió of the epic play by Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera, directed by Mario Ernesto Sánchez, was presented at the Teatro Circo de Murcia (Murcia), Teatro “Villa de Molina” (Molina de Segura), Teatro Concha Segura (Yecla), Casa de América (Madrid), and Teatro de Rojas (Toledo). To quote one of the headlines from Toledo: “Aire frío captivated Toledo’s audience”. Aire frío returned to Spain after successfully representing Miami at the prestigious IberoAmerican Theatre Festival (FIT) in Cadiz. This critically acclaimed production was also presented at international theatre festivals in Costa Rica, Brazil and Puerto Rico, and at the XXIV International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami (2009).  Aire frío was chosen to inaugurate the new On Stage Black Box Theatre at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2011). More than 12,000 individuals have experienced the plight  of the Romaguera Cuban Family. And at the end of April of this year it will represent Miami once again at the VII International Theatre Festival UCSUR, in Lima, Peru.

The cast of Aire frío is composed of local actors: Marilyn Romero (Luz Marina), Ana Viña (mother), Gerardo Riverón (father), Leandro Peraza (Oscar), Julio Rodríguez (Enrique/Miranda) and Carlos Brito (Luis). Original music by Mike Porcel, set and costume designs by Pedro Balmaseda and Jorge Noa, lighting design by Mario Ernesto Sánchez, and Ernesto Padilla, technical director and lighting operator. Other credits include Melissa Messulam (assistant director), Beatriz J. Rizk (literary consultant), Pedro Balmaseda (sound operator), and Jacqueline Briceño (production coordinator).

Teatro Avante’s Aire frío (Cold Air) 2012 tour in Spain and Peru, is made possible with the support of the International Cultural Exchange (ICE) Program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Republica. The engagement in Peru is also supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.