IDALMIS GAR­CÍA

Act­ing is Know­ing How to Lis­ten

On Cuba - - INTERVIEW - Ce­cilia Cre­spo

“Ilike act­ing. I stud­ied His­tory of Art and at the same time at­tended work­shops, and I be­came a pro­fes­sional ac­tress,” she af­firms, very sure of her­self. In Cuba she worked in tele­plays and TV se­ries; she also worked with the Buendía group and chil­dren’s theater groups. In films, we were able to see her in Pági­nas del di­ario de Mauri­cio, Larga dis­tan­cia, Los dioses ro­tos and Con­ducta, the lat­ter di­rected by Ernesto Daranas, with whom she will soon re­turn to the set.

But that is not what brought her back to the is­land. To­gether with British film­maker Stephen Bayly she gave an act­ing work­shop in the San An­to­nio de los Baños Film and Tele­vi­sion School (EICTV). “I have been work­ing for sev­eral years with Stephen, I was his stu­dent. He gives cour­ses in Cuba on the Meis­ner Tech­nique, a method by U.S. act­ing teacher San­ford Meis­ner. This time I par­tic­i­pated as an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor.” Act­ing, more than her great pas­sion, is her life. She con­sid­ers that “act­ing is liv­ing and a great ap­pren­tice­ship…. If you want to work in movies you have to be in Los An­ge­les, but if you’re in­ter­ested in theater you have to live in New York.” The charis­matic ac­tress is of the opin­ion that “for the time be­ing I am in the right place. With the con­stant chal­lenges of a Cuban in a city full of im­mi­grants, where ev­ery­one is pur­su­ing their dreams, act­ing in English is one of the most com­pli­cated things be­cause it de­mands greater con­cen­tra­tion. I got to New York with­out planning it, al­most by chance, and I plan to stay. I worked with a Colom­bian film di­rec­tor in a work­shop and he went to study there. He was pre­sent­ing his grad­u­a­tion work and he in­vited me to work with him, and that’s how I started off. Be­fore es­tab­lish­ing my­self in my pro­fes­sion I worked in other things, be­cause it is a very ex­pen­sive city and full of chal­lenges. I am cur­rently work­ing in Reper­to­rio es­pañol, one of the old­est

AC­TRESS IDALMIS GAR­CÍA HAS BEEN LIV­ING AND WORK­ING FOR THREE YEARS BE­TWEEN NEW YORK AND HA­VANA. “I HAVEN’T LEFT, I JUST MOVED AWAY A LIT­TLE AND I AL­WAYS RE­TURN,” SHE SAID TO ONCUBA. FROM CUBA SHE HAS THE JOY, CHAR­AC­TER AND EXTROVERSION. THE NOTES OF OUR MU­SI­CAL HER­ITAGE MAKE HER DAYS EN­JOY­ABLE, PER­HAPS A BIT COLD IN THE BIG AP­PLE.

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