Monday June 18, 2018

Performing Arts

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.)

Piñera at 100: An International Theater Fest in Miami

Havana has been commemorating the centenary of Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979) for several months, with panel discussions, publications, and performances. Now, Miami’s joined in with a monthlong theater festival presenting a half-dozen of his plays. Poet, novelist and playwright Félix Lizárraga reflects on Piñera’s highly original, wildly entertaining voice, and what it is that makes his plays, even now, theatrical must-sees.

Update: Art Lectures & Piñera Festival in Miami, “Melancolía” in Havana, Photo Paintings in NY

Lectures on Rodríguez and Portocarrero mark a double centenary in Miami, a Piñera festival in Miami joins centenary celebrations on the island, Gabriel Sánchez indulges in a bout of Melancolía, La Virgen is celebrated, Maria Martínez-Cañas turns the tables on Francis Bacon, and a docudrama wraps up shooting on Tenerife.

Update: “Caribbean” in NYC, Estévez in Santo Domingo, Teatro el Público in Miami

Teatro el Publico opens in Miami tonight, the three parts of Caribbean: Crossroads open across NYC this week, and Carlos Estévez opens in Santo Domingo next Thursday. Meanwhile, urbanist Julio César Pérez meets Prince Charles in London, contemporary Cuban art is coming to the Bronx, Sandra Ceballos’s exhibition is held over in Havana, and along the Malecón, Detrás del muro gets—then loses—more molinos del viento.

Performances, Installations, Interventions

With more than 50 semi-independent “collateral” exhibitions and events joining an already jammed official program, there’s no such thing as an overview for this year’s Bienal. But there are plenty of highlights—along with links to video clips, slide shows, photos, and more—in the first of several reports from Cuban Art News.
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