George Cespedes is one of the leading dance choreographers in Cuba who can look back on an interesting career as a contemporary dancer. “Cuba is where I was born and grew up. It’s probably where’ll end up dying,” he told HT our interview.
Richard Abril has just returned from the United States. When I contacted him for this interview, the first and only question on my mind was whether he was actually thinking about quitting boxing to raise pigs on his farm on the Isla de la Juventud?
Wielding a machete like a Mambi Cuban independence fighter, he tears apart, cuts and divides pieces of wood found at street corners and dump sites and, using tattered strips of old clothing, puts together an animal, an international pop icon or any other type of object.
The public’s expectations about foreign artists soon to arrive on the island to participate in this year’s Havana Arts Biennale (May 22 – June 22) with interesting pieces can already be felt in the city. Today we visit with Mexican artest Hector Vargas. (9 photos)
Dr. Rafael Fando, from Cuba’s National Scientific Research Center, has been working to develop a cholera vaccine since he graduated from medical school in 1993. The idea came up because no pharmaceutical company was willing to address the issue, because it is not a vaccine considered profitable.
A Cuban visual artist, Eddos casts a critical glance at the world through his lens. “My work tries to raise awareness and restore feelings,” he tells us.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Tom Hayden, author of the new book, “Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters,” argues the United States and Cuba have much more in common than a 55-year disagreement. This comes as Republicans have launched an attempt to block President Obama’s efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations.
Judging from the irreverence that has been the hallmark of her entire life, Natalia Bolivar Arostegui (1934) doesn’t strike one as someone who was born in Havana’s aristocratic neighborhood of Miramar, whose garden walls are as impregnable as its safe deposit boxes; she appears rather to have been born in the more proletarian quarters of Pogolotti, where dockers return to put an end to their rumba-filled nights – or rather returned, for it’s been several decades since she was last inclined to visit Havana’s more picturesque neighborhoods on “anthropological impulses,” as she puts it.
Gustavo Gonzalez (alias G-Rhymes) is one of the organizers of Mision Calle (Street Mission) and one of the young artists behind the album Pedazo de Cielo (“A Slice of Heaven”). “We are a kind of independent production company that aims to promote certain values through the arts.”
Months ago, a foreign acquaintance of mine who had plans of settling in Cuba and opening a business there, was telling me there was no good bread on the island. It is no secret that our daily bread is getting worse on a daily basis. (31 photos)