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Cuba holidays get the crowd dancing with Dance Biennal 2010

  • 25-Mar-10 11:46
  • Cuba
  • Holiday Industry

During the week-long dance festival currently taking place in Havana with an explosion of street dances and lively rhythms intoxicating its streets as part of the 2nd Caribbean Dance Bennial, offering a space for exchange between Caribbean dancers.

Cuba holidays get the crowd dancing with Dance Biennal 2010

Much to the delight of those dancing lovers already enjoying Cuba holidays, the Second Caribbean Dance Biennial is already taking place in Havana, having started on 23rd March and set to be running all the way up to 28th March 2010 at several venues in Havana’s popular Vedado neighbourhood.

This explosive dance festival, now running for the second year, focuses on promoting Caribbean choreography and providing a space for dialogue and exchange between dancers from the region. Those who have taken Cuba holidays during this festive dancing season will certainly not regret as the streets line up with energetic conga lines and choreographed Caribbean dancing that the on-looking crowd can follow along and dance with. This year the event will also celebrate the 90th birthday of Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso.

Among the artists participating in the group category are: Maravillosa, by Jossie Cáceres and Federica Folco, (Ecuador and Uruguay); ATP, by Tamara Cubas, (Uruguay); Bull dancing, by Marcelo Evelyn; Una pieza selecta, by the Coliflor Collective (Brazil); Cómo se dice en Martinica «la arena de la playa» (México and Martinique); Ecos, by the La Prenda Collective (Colombia); Project, by Keith Noel, Nelly Xaba and Luis de Abreu (Mali, South Africa and Brazil); Comamos, all inclusive, by Christiane Enmanuel; Ecume, by Anabel Guérédrat and Artincidence (Martinica); Peso, by Sandra Rami and the El Público Theater Group (Cuba); and MalSon, by Susana Pous and DanzAbierta (Cuba).

In the meantime dancing for the solo category the following pieces have confirmed: Tengo autorización de la policía para quedarme desnudo aquí, by Ricardo Marinelli; ¿Es el cuerpo un medio de danza?, by Vanilton Lakka; Carne, by Micheline Torres (Brazil); Sobrenatural, by Natalia Tencer (Argentina); Shagaa, by Héléne Cathala (France); Haití en preguntas, by Jean-Aurel Maurice (San Martin); Oroyo So, Julie Adami (Guyana); Instinto de conservación, by Abel Berenguer and DanzAbierta (Cuba), Lea, by Janoski Suárez and the Ad Líbitum Company (Cuba); and ¡Non!, by Lisbet Sad and Ballet Rakatán (Cuba).

For artsy visitors planning to take part in the festival during their Cuba holidays, the 2010 Caribbean Dance Biennial will also include the photo exhibition ÁfricaDanzÁfrica, by French-American photographer Antoine Tempe at the Raúl Oliva Gallery in El Vedado; together with a forum discussion entitled Maneras de ser Caribe y algo más (Ways to be Caribbean and something more), presentations, documentary screenings, classes and workshops. Everything to keep well entertained all those interested in the arts of Caribbean dance and offering visitors the opportunity to learn a few things, and even a step or two!

The opening gala took place at the Gran Teatro in Old Havana on March 23 at 8:30 p.m.; while if you happen to be on Cuba holidays during the final awards show and closing ceremony, you can head down to the Mella Theater on 27th March at 9:00 p.m.; and finally on March 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the Mella Theater the award winning dancers will perform.

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