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DANCECleveland Presents

Malpaso Dance Company

June 02, 2017, 7:30 pm   |   June 03, 2017, 7:30 pm

Playhouse Square - Mimi Ohio Theatre  |  View Seating Chart

Malpaso Dance Company
Malpaso Dance Company
Malpaso Dance Company

Coming for a return engagement after their sell-out performance in February of last year, Malpaso is truly bringing a piece of Cuba here to Cleveland!

Returning as part of DANCECleveland's inclusion in the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion/Cuba Project, these free performances will feature, "Indomitable Waltz", a new work co-commissioned by DANCECleveland and the Cleveland Foundation by choreographer Aszure Barton.

Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso brings Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century by collaborating with top international choreographers while nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. Founded in 2012, the youthful company's well-honed dancers perform with energy and passion that can be felt from the last seat in the theatre.

Malpaso Dance Company is an associate company of Joyce Theater Productions.
Photos by: Nir Arieli

About the Company

Malpaso Dance Company

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In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. An Associate Comp...Read More

In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana.

An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso — together with The Joyce— has commissioned original works from a number of prominent North American choreographers, including Ron K. Brown (Why You Follow), Trey McIntyre (Under Fire), Aszure Barton (Indomitable Waltz), and Emmy-award winning Sonya Tayeh (Face the Torrent).

As a means of foregrounding Cuban choreographers, Malpaso has also recently world-premiered works by company members Beatriz Garcia (Being (Ser)) and Abel Rojo(Carrying Floor), bolstering the list of long-toured pieces by Artistic Director Delgado, notably, Ocaso as well as 24 Hours and a Dog and Dreaming of Lions, which are often accompanied live by Grammy award-winning, Cuban-American composer/pianist Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Most recently the company added Fielding Sixes by the legendary, late Merce Cunningham - adapted for 8 dancers and re-staged by Jamie Scott with new costume and lighting designs by David Quinn and Manuel Da Silva, respectively - and Tabula Rasaby world-renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin to its repertoire. Naharin traveled to Cuba in spring of 2018 specifically to work one on one with Malpaso dancers to crystalize the re-staging of this seldom performed, 30 year old master work.

Liquidotopie by Argentinian choreographer Cecilia Bengolea - commissioned by International Summer Festival Kampnagel out of Hamburg-Germany in summer 2018 - rounds out the Company’s active rep.

Next for the company is a new creation from Robyn Mineko Williams (of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) as well as the acquisition of a specially extended version of Mats Ek’s solo Woman with Water.

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Malpaso's aim is to bring 'Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century.' Clearly, they have already arrived." - Adrienne Totino, Pittsburgh Examiner

"...a blend of unfussy ballet technique and lushly earthy modern dance, spiked with now-soft, now-explosive capoeira." - Janine Parker, The Boston Globe
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