Tuesday September 30, 2014

Photo Gallery: Tonel’s The Journey: Talking Walls in Havana

It’s not exactly a retrospective and it’s not entirely a new show, either. Instead, Tonel’s current exhibition sets up an intriguing dialogue between classic pieces and new works.

Habana Compás: Dancers, Drummers, Enchantresses

In 2004, five former professional dancers joined forces to create a new dance troupe: Habana Compás Dance. Combining flamenco, contemporary dance, and Afro-Cuban elements with wildly original percussion artistry, their high-energy performances captivate audiences on the island and abroad. (For the troupe in action, see the video at the end of the story.)

Holiday Video: The Nutcracker à la Cubana

For your holiday pleasure, here's a video by the Kringskastingsorkestret and Grupo Hovedoen Social Club of Oslo, Norway, performing a full orchestral arrangement of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, followed by a quick salsa version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo from all of us at Cuban Art News.

Daniel Díaz Torres: “More than a laugh, I’m interested in a slightly bitter smile”

The new Cuban film La película de Ana (Ana’s Movie) premiered during the recent 34th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, where it earned an award for Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Laura de la Uz. A few months ago, while the film was being edited, Cuban Art News spoke with its director, Daniel Díaz Torres.

In Conversation: Aimée García

Among women artists, Aimée García Marrero is a rara avis. Although her poetic oeuvre has lately become a space for confrontation and a distinctive discourse within the feminine gaze, she says this development hasn’t been deliberate. Though it reflects a distinctly female identity, she tells journalist Maya Quiroga Paneque, "My work has nothing to do with feminism."

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