“I would like to be able to come to Cuba more often. I have many Cuban friends I have worked with in the course of my career,” said Vladimir Malakhov in his interview with HT.
My expectations were not high when I accepted the invitation of an old out-of-town friend to see the Rockettes’ Christmas show. But once there, the cultural shock made my critical faculties go on overdrive as if they had been put on steroids.
Paul Seaquist, manager of the man who is considered the century’s best dancer, speaks to us about Vladmir Malakhov’s recent visit to Cuba in an exclusive interview for Havana Times. “We’ve decided to return and to continue contributing to the arts in Holguin,” he told us.
The Afro Bantu troupe are descendants of the Congos and preserve their ancestral traditions, they play the three Yuka drums: cachimbo, caja, y mula. This ethnic group live in the province of Pinar del Rio, in the hills of the municipality of Luis Lazo, where their ancestors lived. (27 photos)
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.