Friday May 25, 2018

Performing Arts

“¡Si Cuba!” Festival Heads West

New 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.

Cuban Dancers Dazzle New York

Danza 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.

Léster Martínez: “I always go back to the theater”

Léster Martínez won acclaim for his portrayal of the late Cuban actor Adolfo Llauradó, and more recently for his work in a new production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. In a Cuban Art News interview with renowned critic Norge Espinosa, the actor discusses his life in the theater.

Teatro El Público: Twenty Years of Provocation and Challenge

In Cuban theater, the name of Carlos Díaz (b. Bejucal, 1955) is invariably associated with some form of provocation. Writer and critic Norge Espinosa Mendoza invited the director of El Público to share his memories and experiences of twenty years in the theater.

¡Sí Cuba! Comes to New York

Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas of the Cuban Artists Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the principal organizers of ¡Sí Cuba!, the three-month festival of cultural events that kicks off at the end of this month. In a conversation with Cuban Art News, Rodríguez-Cubeñas talks about the festival, how it came about, and the events he’s most looking forward to.
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