Tuesday December 12, 2017

Elizabeth Schwall

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.

MalPaso Dance Company: Steps and “Missteps” in the Right Direction

Founded 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.