After a night of partying, solitude reigns in the morning along the Havana “malecon” seawall. The 2014 Havana Carnival continues this weekend, ending Sunday night with the awards and live concerts both tonight and tomorrow. (15 photos)
This past Saturday, I went to the piano-bar located in Cuba’s National Theater, a place a lot of people in Havana known as the Delirio Habanero. I hadn’t visited the place in five years. To my pleasant surprise, the place made a positive impression on me when I arrived.
The Havana Carnival will be held this year from August 8 to 17 along the city’s “malecon” ocean drive. The people’s popularity award will be bestowed on most original and showy float and dance performance.
Dance teacher and choreographer Bertha Casañas is the director of an artistic project that has already made a name for itself among young, Cuban dance companies. “I also have a dream. I would love to have my own venue, a space where the soul of America can dance.”
From the darkened wings of Havana’s national theater Ariel Serrano stares toward the brightly-lit stage, where the finalists in the XII Concurso Internacional para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Ballet, an international ballet competition for aspiring student dancers, await the announcement of the winners. (8 photos)
Dance is one of the oldest and most sublime forms of artistic expression. Today, we will be conversing with Cuban dancer and choreographer Yanosky Suarez. “The body offers us many possibilities if we set out to use it as a vehicle for expression.”
“This may be the right time to organize an Arab Culture Festival in Cuba,” says Gretel Llabre, dancer, choreographer and director of the dance company Q-band Soho in her interview for Havana Times.
When famed ballerina Alicia Alonso takes the National Ballet of Cuba on tours abroad the risk of losing dancers is always present. This time the desertion took place in Puerto Rico and the artists are already in Miami.
Mariem Valdes is a ballerina who has left her mark on Cuba’s stage and is today a member of prestigious international companies. She described the audience on the island as “very demanding, but always very generous with their applauses.” (7 photos)
Yanna Centelles, spokesperson for the “Aguacate in Spring Art Festival 2014” organizing team, informs us about the upcoming historic event to take place in that town located 80 southeast of Havana. “We hope this event will live on in our community”.