The new authorities of the Directorate of Fine Arts, headed by Mario Lebrón, have plans to give a deeper promotion to the offer of this state entity.
A work that would expand an enrollment that despite the pandemic and the problems it has caused this year, continues with a good number of students: about 5,030 throughout the country and increasing, according to Lebrón, who assures that they constantly receive calls from parents interested in having their children study an artistic discipline.
But in this job Lebrón is not alone, since instead of having a deputy director, he has two. The producer, actress and singer, Gracielina Olivero, is deputy director for the specialized education area, and the actor and musician, Ernesto Báez, is deputy director for the administrative and financial area.
This, according to the director, because the work is a lot, and apart from the challenges they have in a physical and structural way, this management seeks to give a greater presence in the minds of the citizens, who are mostly unaware that the State offers studies music, dance, visual and dramatic arts, for free. “We are going to make a more modern, up-to-date, dynamic diffusion,” says Lebrón, in conversation with LISTÍN DIARIO.
Virtual art classes
His collaborators, Báez and Olivero participated in this interview. The latter emphasizes the idea of promoting schools, commenting that a survey was recently conducted in which the majority did not know what the schools of Fine Arts offer.
But the current situation has made them have to face other problems, such as the fact that due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, the classes, which have not yet started, have to be remote. “Teaching a dance class is not easy on a virtual level,” says Olivero, and that the teachers are preparing to do it this way, and that the director is managing the teams so that the classes can take place in the time they are ruled.
To start teaching, it is held on November 2, although they would like to do it earlier, on October 26, and according to they say they are preparing so that teachers and students are ready for that date, and that a better way out is also found, such as that the classes are blended.
Likewise, work is being done to prepare a show that would be presented online. A presentation that they hope will take place before the end of the year, and Lebrón has ordered the companies to be ready to work in March 2021 with the public. “And if not, adapt to virtuality,” he says.
The Directorate of Fine Arts is an entity that is decentralized, but dependent on the Ministry of Culture, an administrative autonomy that is still being adapted to more than a year after it began.
A process that Lebrón understands the pandemic has taken longer, and in which companies such as the Dominican National Ballet was affected, since of the twenty dancers it had before, now only nine make it up. “When deconcentration came, there was a group of dancers who were withdrawn due to the same problem, because they were under contract,” explains Gracielina Olivero.
Another that is short of members is the Teatro Rodante, which only has three actors, but of which Lebrón has said that other dramatic artists are in the process of hiring. “It is very important because it is the one who travels to the towns with works with social and national messages, and they have a lot of impact in remote towns, in schools,” recalls Lebrón, who understands that a group of this nature needs 10 or 12 actors .
this aspect of the dramatic and musical artists leaving the halls to spread their talents to the streets. “I want to see the companies in the towns, spreading their work, some of them already do it, and that they have good conditions to travel,” says the director, who when he assumed this position in Fine Arts expressed that his priority would be the financial aspect of the entity .
That was a little over a month ago, and today it continues to adjust things and in the process of solving infrastructure problems that have different spaces in which it lives in the different buildings in which activities, teaching, administrative activities take place. and scenic. “Those problems were to be expected, they don't surprise me, well, that's what they put me here, to solve problems. Nobody told me it was easy, ”says Lebrón optimistically.
These physical problems include damaged airs, leaks, the two rehearsal rooms of the ballets unusable, problems in the bathrooms, doors, among others. “We are in the process of evaluating everything, to see financially what it means to solve it,” continues the actor and director, who has Ernesto Báez in charge of this part, determining all the problems, giving them a number and going out to find a way to solve them .
National Conservatory of Music; Elila Mena Elementary School of Music; National School of Dance; National School of Dramatic Art; National School of Visual Arts; Schools and Academies of Music in the Provinces.
National Symphony Orchestra; National Choir National Lyric Company; Dominican National Ballet; Dominican Folkloric Ballet; National Company of Contemporary Dance; National Theater Company; Rolling Theater; National System of Music Bands Children and Youth Orchestras Systems