Members of Cuba’s National Ballet Company (BNC) – currently on tour in Spain – have approached director Alicia Alonso with an urgent petition calling for improvements in work conditions and denouncing favoritism and irregularities in the handling of the company’s budget. The letter has raised a stir in the Havana cultural world.
The Danza Abierta Company presented fragments of “Showroom” and of the work in progress “Sinfonia de sentidos” (Symphony of senses”) by Susana Pous, a Spanish dancer and choreographer living in Cuba, at the recently concluded Women Create Festival in Havana. (x photos)
In the 90s, one of the places I frequented to escape from the long power cuts common at the time was La Piragua (near Havana’s ocean drive), where break dancers from different parts of the city performed. There, one felt a wave of joy and physical energy which colored the somewhat somber landscape, young people who escaped poverty, delinquency, prostitution and even worse tragedies through the mystery of bodily movement.
To disseminate the work of female Cuban artists and creators, the Ellas Crean (Women who create) Festival opened last week in Havana.The gala was led by the National Ballet of Cuba, dedicated to lovers of the romantic style of Alicia Alonso, and there were some more modern pieces as well. (35 photos)
Hello, I will be in Havana between November 20th and December 6th, this year. Where could I find a calendar of events of interest for that period or for current activities, since I intend to travel often to Cuba.
The Rumba can be found everywhere in Cuba: on the corner, on a Sunday afternoon, when a group of friends get together and beat out the rhythm on the chairs, or on the domino table; in a patio of Havana or Matanzas; or in the crowded poor neighborhood housing of Santiago or Guantanamo.
Our guest is Geovani del Pino, the director of Yoruba Andabo, one of Cuba’s most internationally renowned rumba bands.
Dancers dressed in red wave a black hat in the air to scare off an imaginary snake as one of the most internationally renowned Mexican songs, “The Song of the Snake”, sounds in the background. With this, a series of dance numbers that afforded a glimpse at different Mexican traditions and the typical garments worn in different parts of the country, the Cuban ballet company Libertadores began the activities for Mexico’s Independence Day held in Havana. (30 photos)
Cuba’s Yoruba Association honored Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, an emblematic figure of Cuban dance. Under the cloak of the orishas of the Yoruba pantheon, the religious institution gave a dance and singing presentation with presence of the 92-year-old Alonso. (22 photos)
The carnival area has been reduced considerably because half of the broad ocean drive has been blocked off and fitted with grand stands, where, for a price, you can watch the floats, masquerades or any other artistic attraction, enjoying the show away from the boisterous crowds that populate Cuba’s carnivals.