Danza Contemporanea, as a Cuban dance troop, are supported by Havana Cultura (www.havana-cultura.com) a global art initiative from Cuban rum, Havana Club. The initiative provides a window on contemporary Cuban culture and was developed to give the spirit of Havana a global voice. The aim of the project is to give modern Cuban artists a unique platform to showcase their work, energy and passion internationally. Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the group can be found on the Havana Cultura site:
The eight venue tour will see Danza Contemporanea de Cuba collaborating with leading international choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Jan Linkens and will include two UK premieres. With a compulsory curriculum in contemporary dance for children aged 10 upwards, Cuba today produces some of the world’s finest contemporary dancers. They are schooled in a technique that mixes Graham and Afro-Caribbean methods to produce a movement that is strong, fluid and technically excellent. Along with this technique Danza Contemporanea de Cuba’s work reflects the Cuban way of life, with sensual, mystical dance that is performed from the heart.
Havana Cultura, as an initiative, encourages people to explore this unique talent, vibrancy and modernity that the country has to offer. It is the first of its kind to profile artists from all disciplines, from musicians to writers raising awareness of contemporary art and culture of the city of Havana, as well as the richness of Cuban culture.
For their first major UK tour, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba will present two programmes. Programmes A and B will feature the UK premiere of Mambo 3XXI, by young Danza Contemporanea de Cuba principal George Cespedes, which will include an electronic mambo soundtrack by progressive Cuban electro group Nacional Electrónica (http://www.havana-cultura.com/EN/cuban-music/nacional-electronica/new-wave-musical-experimentation-from-cuba.html#/1923). Mambo 3XXI had its world premiere in Havana in December 2009.
Programme A will also feature Rafael Bonachela’s Demo-N/Crazy, which was conceived as a result of an exchange initiated by Assis Carreiro of DanceEast in 2007. The piece is set to Latin music by Julia Wolf, and is inspired by the intimacy that Bonachela observed between the Cuban dancers. Folia by former Dutch National Ballet choreographer Jan Linkens completes Programme A.
Programme B will showcase Mambo 3XXI, and in addition will include the UK premiere of Casi Casa, by Mats Ek, former Artistic Director of Cullberg Ballet and former choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater, Hamburg Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.
During all press nights, authentic Cuban cocktails will be on offer courtesy of Cuban rum, Havana Club. Havana Club will host the main bar and provide the ultimate setting to an evening of the finest Cuban culture and dance.
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