August 02, 2011In late 2010, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde, the sponsoring organization for Cuban Art News, made its first grants to U.S. arts organizations with projects about Cuban art and culture. As the Fundación heads into its second funding season, Cuban Art News checks in with the 2010 grantees.
June 27, 2011The Ballet Nacional de Cuba presented La Magia de la Danza at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Howard Gilman Opera House during a run from June 8-11, 2011, as part of New York’s ¡Si Cuba! Festival. The company, founded by Alicia Alonso and accompanied by the Orquesta Cubano conducted by Giovanni Duarte, suggested nothing more Cuban than in the Spanish names of the performers—i.e., Rodríguez, García, Molina, Gómez. This was traditional, classical ballet in every sense, with excerpts from six of the best-known works in the ballet canon.
June 21, 2011New York’s “¡Si Cuba!” Festival is entering the final weeks of its three-month run, but its success has already inspired a West Coast offshoot. Kicking off earlier this month, “¡Si Cuba! SoCal” features three exhibitions, two film series, performances by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and a concert by the Buena Vista Social Club orchestra with Omara Portuondo, among other events.
May 24, 2011Danza Contemporánea de Cuba is making its first ever U.S. tour, while Los Muñequitos de Matanza make a long-awaited return to North American cities. Dance on Camera Festival director Deirdre Towers reports for Cuban Art News on these venerable companies that are bringing an infusion of energy and talent to the U.S. dance scene.