April 14, 2015On 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.
June 12, 2014Founded in December 2012 by two alumni of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, the ten-member MalPaso Dance Company recently stepped out for its first appearances outside Cuba. Dance scholar Elizabeth Schwall offers background on MalPaso, some of the factors in their success, and the history of contemporary dance on the island.
February 25, 2014For three years, filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty followed a secondary-school class at Havana’s famed National School of Ballet. In an e-mail interview with Nadine Covert, she talks about the filmmaking process, her immersion in the world of Cuban ballet students, and the unexpected twists that her story took.