HAVANA._ Cuba’s dance scene is, once again, flourishing this spring. This revival season of artistic manifestation on the island emerged two decades ago with the first International Meeting of Ballet Academies. Every year, since 1994, the event has been inviting hundreds of students and professors from around the world to attend workshops, performances, and contests in Havana.
One year later, artists and the people in general began to jointly enjoy and experience art on the streets and other public areas, as part of the International Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes “Old Havana: City in Motion,” whose 20th edition will take place from April 15 to 19.
The festival’s logo announces its venues: streets, plazas, parks, and museums in Havana’s historic district.
These street dance performances both interrupt traffic and invite passers-by to get involved in them. This year will be no different and the festival will witness even more improvised dancers and parties at the plazas.
Street performers and living statues will also take part in the festival organized by the Retazos Dance-Theater Company and the office of Havana’s historian, with the support of the Havana Theater Center.
The event combines a large variety of artistic manifestations, including exhibits, concerts, video art, and other performances.
Likewise, it allows for the exchange of ideas and experiences through lectures, conferences, workshops, and shows.
Additionally, two other major events will be held: the 10th International Video-Dance Festival “DV Danza Habana Movimiento y Ciudad” (DV Dance Havana: Motion and City), beginning on April 13, and the 4th Tránsitos Habana Festival which facilitates cultural exchange with Scandinavian artists, from April 15 to 26.
After the opening of two international events as peculiar as the International Meeting of Academies and the Dance Festival in Urban Spaces, the Cuban Ministry of Culture created the National Dance Award, which in the first three editions recognized the work of pioneers such as Alicia Alonso (1998), Ramiro Guerra (1999), and Fernando Alonso (2000).
The award is granted annually at a gala held on April 29; declared International Dance Day by UNESCO.Share on FB Share on TT