Dance: 24 Hours and a Dog

April 12, 2014 | No Comments »

The result of artistic collaboration and complicity, “24 hours and a dog” has as its starting point the jazz music of Arturo O’Farrill. The Malpaso dance troupe, directed Osnel Delgado, performed it at the end of March, with Osnel’s own choreography. (26 photos)

Cuba’s Major Record Label Turns 50

March 18, 2014 | No Comments »

EGREM, Cuba’s oldest record label and music company, is turning fifty. To celebrate the occasion, several artists are offering concerts, attending galas and launching new albums. One of the dance companies taking part in the festivities is Danza Contemporanea. (30 photos)

“The Possible Impossible”: Contemporary Dance in Old Havana

March 17, 2014 | 2 comments

The room is completely dark. Suddenly, a light settles on a pair of legs moving frantically to and fro. Thus begins Posible imposible (“The Possible Impossible”), a contemporary dance performance co-produced by Sweden’s Memory Wax company and Cuba’s Retazos dance and theater group, which premiered in Havana on Friday, March 7.(31 photos)

Classical Dance Icon Vladimir Malakhov interview with HT

January 11, 2014 | No Comments »

“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.

Radio City Music Hall & Conservative White America

December 21, 2013 | 3 comments

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.

Vladimir Malakhov’s Manager Paul Seaquist on the Dancer’s Ten Days in Cuba

December 18, 2013 | 3 comments

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.

Afro Bantu from Pinar del Rio, Cuba

December 10, 2013 | No Comments »

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)

Cuban Ballet Dancers Circulate Grievance

November 25, 2013 | 3 comments

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.

Danza Abierta of Cuba at the Women Create Festival

November 1, 2013 | No Comments »

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)

Break Dance in Cuba: An Illegitimate Child?

October 28, 2013 | No Comments »

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.