Danza Contemporanea de Cuba will make its long-awaited, highly anticipated U.S. debut this spring with a two-week engagement at The Joyce Theater from May 10 - 22. This season, part of the company's first U.S. tour, will feature two distinct programs that will include, among many highlights, a premiere by Pedro Ruiz entitled Horizonte, the first work ever created for the company by a Cuban-American choreographer. Tickets for The Joyce Theater debut engagement of Danza Contemporanea de Cubarange from $10 to $59 and can be purchased through JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.
The two-week engagement of Cuba's Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, presented by The Joyce Theater during the company's debut U.S. tour this spring, will include two different programs of eclectic choreography ranging from the U.S. premiere of Casi-Casa, a work created by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek that is set to disco, hip-hop, swing and jazz. Also on tap is Demo-N/Crazy, a work featuring sensuous, athletic partnering choreographed by the acclaimed Spanish choreographer Rafael Bonachela, the Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company (note: there is nudity in this piece, a section with bare-chested women). Other pieces seen during this engagement include Mambo 3XXI, a dance set to a soundtrack of disco, techno and ambient music created by company member George Céspedes, and Sulkary, created in 1971 by Cuban choreographer Eduardo Rivero, a piece exhibiting highly-stylized Afro-Caribbean-infused movement.
The new work Horizonte, by former Ballet Hispanico principal dancer Pedro Ruiz,marks the first time since Danza Contemporanea's inception that the company commissioned a Cuban-American choreographer to create a new work. Ruiz, who was born in Cuba, returned to his native country for several weeks to create the piece with the dancers of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba under the auspices of The Windows Project, an organization which serves to foster cross-cultural opportunities for understanding and dialogue through the creation and performance of dance. A PBS special about Ruiz's experience in Cuba will air later this spring.
The two different programs (subject to change) are as follows:
Mambo 3XXI, Casi-Casa
May 10-11 7:30pm; May 12 at 8pm; May 15 at 2pm & 7:30pm; May 20 at 8pm; May 21 at 2pm & 8pm
Sulkary, Horizonte, Demo-N/Crazy
May 13-14 at 8pm; May 17-18 at 7:30pm; May 19 at 8pm; May 22 at 2pm
ABOUT DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DE CUBA
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba was founded in 1959 as the Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna (National Modern Dance Group) by Ramon Guerra, who molded the company's repertoire into a blend of traditional ballet and Cuban folklore styles. Danza Contemporanea de Cuba is now under the direction of Miguel Iglesias Ferrer, a former company member. With more than 70 productions in its active repertoire, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba has toured throughout South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Ferrer refers to as the company's distinct style that "isn't just a fusion of Spanish and African. It's also a statement, a way of life... about the freedom to act and the willingness to openly express personal opinions."
ABOUT The Joyce Theater
The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 300 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce's Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance "Dance Chat" discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000. .
The Joyce Theater proudly presents a two-week engagement of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba as part of the dance company's debut U.S. tour May 10 - 22. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm (May 21 only) & 8pm (May 14 & 21) and Sunday at 2pm (May 15 & 22) & 7:30pm (May 22 only). Tickets start at $10 (for the front row) and range up to $59 (top price for Joyce Members is $44). Please note: Ticket prices are subject to change. Tickets and memberships can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.