Performance & Conversation With Cuba's Acclaimed Malpaso Dance Company

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National Black Arts Festival says
NBAF has partnered with the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts to present a special performance by the Cuba-based Malpaso Dance Company. The critically-acclaimed company is recognized for a form of modern dance that powerfully embodies the passion that defines Cuban life and its rich dance tradition.

In addition to a thrilling performance, the program begins with a timely panel discussion about “The State of Dance in Cuba Today."

Recognized and selected for their exceptional talent by Ronald K. Brown during his residency in Cuba, Malpaso has been described thus by The New York Times, “It’s impossible to choose favorites among the dancers … They have pristine technique … [and are] as comfortable on the ground – in coiling, capoeiralike flips and tricks – as they are in the air.”

Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st Century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company’s core artistic vision is led by resident repertory choreographer and artistic director Osnel Delgado. Malpaso Dance Company was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana and Fernando Saéz and consists of 10 dancers. The company’s repertory includes “Despedida” and “24 Hours and a Dog,” works by Delgado set to music by Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American composer Arturo O’Farrill, in addition to “Porque Sigues” (Why You Follow) by the American choreographer Ronald K. Brown and “Under Fire” by Trey McIntyre, among other works.

For their Atlanta performance, Malpaso Dance Company will perform “Under Fire” by Trey McIntyre, a work the Boston Globe stated “confidently walks a delicate line between pathos and subtle humor” and features a series of duets connected by a circling slowness of the dancers. “Under Fire” is set to the music of folk singer Grandma Kelsey. Malpaso will also perform “Despedida” (Farewell), a work by the company’s artistic director Osnel Delgado that is set to original music by Arturo O’Farrill. “Despedida” offers a more playful, upbeat rhythm with its Afro-Latin Jazz score. This is where the company’s dexterity shines as the work incorporates styles from ballet to capoeira. Malpaso’s Atlanta performance will close with Ronald K. Brown’s evocative work “Por que segues” (Why You Follow), featuring music from Zap Mama, Gordheaven & Juliano, The Allenko Brotherhood and The Heavy Quarterz.
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By: National Black Arts Festival

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