Cuban Contemporary Dance Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary

2010.02.10 - 14:59:53 /

HAVANA, Cuba. - The Cuban Contemporary Dance Company (DCC, by its Spanish acronym) will end celebrations for its 50th anniversary with an encounter scheduled for Thursday at Havana’s Pabellon Cuba exhibition and cultural center.


The program of the event consists of lectures and talks, all chaired by Cuban critic and theater researcher Jaime Gómez Triana.


Theater specialist Marilyn Garbey will refer to the most recent events in the DCC’s almost 51-year-old history, while poet and writer Norge Espinosa will have talk to choreographer and first dancer George Céspedes.


In the meantime, Gabriela Piñeiro will focus on late dancer Lorna Burdsall- one of the main figures of Cuban modern dance, while Jorge Brooks will concentrate on the creative processes of Osnel Delgado and Julio César Iglesias.


The program also includes an assessment of the Inventario (Inventory) project by Heydi Batista and a talk on the role of performers in Cuban contemporary dance by Isabel Blanco.


The Hermanos Saiz Association will take the opportunity to recognize the work of a group of young people with the DCC, including George Céspedes, Julio César Iglesias, Yoerlis Brunet, Michel Ávalos, Osnel Delgado, Wuisley Estacholy, Jenny Nocedo, Aymara Vila, Alena León and Yaday Ponce.


On September 25, 1959, only a few months after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the relevant authorities announced the beginning of a selection process for the Department of Modern Dance of Cuba’s National Theater, and a few months later, on February 19, 1960, the newly-formed group, headed by Ramiro Guerra, came on stage for the first time at the then recently built Covarrubias Hall.



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