The Irene Rodríguez Dance Company of Cuba returned to the United States with its new show Entre luces y sombras (Between Lights and Shadows), with performances on May 19, 20, 21 and 22 at the Joyce Theater of New York, one of the most prestigious institutions dedicated to the promotion of dance.
“The extremely rigorous selection process means that the mere fact that our program was chosen is of itself a privilege,” the company’s director told The Havana Reporter.
Renowned stars of Spanish dance such as Israel Galván and María Pagé have performed at the venue.
The company’s performances were part of the May 18 to 22 Cuba Festival, which also included the Danza Abierta and Malpaso Companies.
The director said that “the Entre luces y sombras show forms part of the company’s choreographic portfolio, especially those more contemporary and revolutionary pieces from the flamenco repertoire.”
She added, „however they all contain distinctly Cuban elements, be they instruments, movements or rhythms that happen to fuse smoothly with flamenco dance.”
The Cuban essence can be felt always on stage; the influence is ever present, even when pieces are typical of the flamenco genre, Irene Rodriguez commented.
Rodríguez said that the Joyce Theater is one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions, a place of great interest to critics that attracts a highly cultured audience.
The company’s agenda in Havana until the end of this year will be very busy, and 2017 is also expected to start well.
The director revealed that the company will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its foundation in January with a big show and indicated – without going into details --that it will be full of surprises.
This is the third time that the company has visited the United States, having previously performance at Seattle’s Moore Theater.
The shows Coincidencias, Emigrantes and Del clásico español al flamenco were also very warmly received by both critics and audiences at several Cuban theaters.
The Irene Rodríguez Company is one of the few classical Spanish dance companies in Cuba that compels its dancers to have great technical virtuosity in flamenco, classical folklore dance steps.Share on FB Share on TT