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Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba)

Wed, 7:30 PM
MAY 4, 2016
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

"They're sparklingly present...and remarkably strong all around." -The New York Times


Artistic Director, Osnel Delgado



PROGRAM: (Running time 110 minutes with one intermission)
Ocaso, Choreographed by Osnel Delgado, Music by Kronos Quartet and others
Under Fire, Choreographed by Trey McIntyre, Music by Grandma Kelsey
24 hours and a dog, Choreographed by Osnel Delgado, Music by Arturo O’Farrill, Performed Live by the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Read Press Release HERE!

White Bird proudly presents its first Cuban company, Malpaso Dance Company, based in Havana, which is committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st Century. The thrilling program features three acclaimed works–two by Artistic Director Osnel Delgaldo and a piece by Portland’s beloved Trey McIntyre. Delgado’s closing work, 24 hours and a dog, features live music performed by the Grammy-award-winning
Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, featuring famed jazz saxophonist Ivan Renta.

A Joyce Theater and Sunny Artist Management Production.


Talking Points

  • Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso is tasked with bringing Cuban contemporary dance “into the 21st century”, collaborating with international choreographers and “nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography”. (malpasodance.com).
  • Translating to “misstep” (mal paso), the company was founded in 2012 by dancers Osnel Delgado Wamburg and Daileidys Carrazana Gonzalez, both formerly with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.
  • Stemming from traditions in ballet and modern dance, as well as Cuban folklore, Malpaso creates a unique and vivid footprint in the history of Cuban contemporary dance.
  • The company consists of ten Cuban dancers, graduating from the National Ballet School in Havana and Camagüey, the National Dance School in Havana and the Regional Dance School Manuel Muñoz Cedeño in Bayamo.
  • Malpaso has an impressive touring record, performing at many venues across both Cuba and the United States. The company is one of a few dance companies in Cuba which operates without government funding, allowing them flexibility and challenge in international performance.
  • Central to the dance is music, emphasizing the company’s lively and vibrant movement. The sound is often performed by a live band, favoring the Grammy award-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba)


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