Thursday December 14, 2017

Artes Escénicas

Cuban Ballet Meets Silicon Valley: Carreño Presents Alonso’s Giselle

Last month, the Silicon Valley Ballet presented the first U.S. performance of Giselle, the ballet classic as choreographed by Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso. Elizabeth Schwall takes a look at the ballet, the dance company led by José Manuel Carreño, and the influence of Cuban ballet worldwide.

Día de los Reyes: Celebrating Afro-Cuba beneath Fata Morgana

Earlier this month, Manhattan’s Madison Square Park was the setting for Día de los Reyes, a community event celebrating Afro-Cuban dance and culture. Initiated by Teresita Fernández and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, it took place beneath the golden canopies of Fernández’s installation Fata Morgana.

Pedro Ruiz: A Dancer and His Roots

This spring, Pedro Ruiz, the former Ballet Hispanico dancer now choreographer, was named associate artistic director of Ballet Contemporáneo Endedans de Camagüey. In a lively conversation with Cuban Art News co-publisher Patricia Farber, Ruiz talks about his new position and what it means for him to be working in Cuba again.

¡Viengsay!

On a recent trip to Havana, Cuban Art News co-publisher Patricia Farber sat down with an old friend, prima ballerina Viengsay Valdés, for a wide-ranging conversation touching on the dancer’s childhood, favorite ballet roles, and what lies ahead for ballet in Cuba.

Biennial Preview: Alexandre Arrechea’s The Map of Silence

In the second of our Biennial previews, Alexandre Arrechea talks about the work he’s creating for his solo show, to be presented at the Museo Nacional during the Biennial.
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