Si Cuba at Ballet Hispanico
Posted: May 24, 2011 Filed under: Events, Performances
On May 21st, Ballet Hispanico opened its doors to welcome Si Cuba Festival for a day of dance and discussion.
A little about Si Cuba!: From March to June, fourteen New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba, presenting ¡Sí Cuba!, a festival showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. Join us for screenings of award-winning films; lively concerts of son, rumba, hip-hop, and more by musical legends and rising stars; intimate discussions with Cuban writers, musicians, and thinkers; dance performances, from the classical to contemporary; compelling visual art exhibitions; and more as we discover the creative spirit of Cuba in forms both old and new.
BH presented two master classes that afternoon. Cuban Ballet with Caridad Martinez and Afro-Cuban with Rebecca Bliss. It was great to all ages working up a sweat! Here’s a quick video of Rebecca’s class:
The festivities concluded with a showcase presentation featuring excerpts from works by Maray Ramis Gutierrez, Pedro Ruíz, Eduardo Vilaro, and Septime Webre. Eduardo Vilaro, along with Pedro Ruíz engaged in a discussion with Cuban author and award-winning journalist, Achy Obejas, on how their Cuban roots inspire and inform their work. It was an insightful and delightful evening that capped off a great program.
Si Cuba continues through June! For more information and a listing of events, please visit http://www.sicuba.org