Welcome to our April issue of What’s On Havana, Let’s Dance. Cuban dancers are legendary worldwide for their irrepressible movement, rhythm, style and energy. It is an irony of this at times macho country that boys and ballet is not an oxymoron but a staple diet which has produced not just the world famous Carlos Acosta but a of talent from salsa to Spanish dance, rumba to flamenco, modern dance to classical ballet. The brilliant Havana Queens take a little from everything and succeed spectacularly in putting on a fabulous show.
This issue put front and center the XX Festival Internacional de Danza en Paisajes Urbanos or simply Habana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento, which takes place in Old Havana from April 15-19, 2015. This event, organized by the dynamic Isabel Bustos and headquartered from Retazos’s theatre in Old Havana, brings the streets of Old Havana alive with countless groups and performances from both Cuba and around the world. This festival overlaps with the Festival de la Huella de España, which is an opportunity to see Cuba’s army of little girls in long skirts, perform Spanish dancing with aplomb.
We have also included features on Miguel Iglesias, director of Cuba’s best modern dance group, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba; the primadonna without equal, Alicia Alonso; Conjunto Folclórico Nacional de Cuba (Afro-Cuban dance); and the flamenco group,Ecos. If you are still with us after this whirlwind through Cuban dance, you may now see why Come Dancing would be redundant in Cuba—put quite simply, Cuba is already dancing!
Elsewhere we have four additional features starting with the Dead Daises who brought Australian rock to Benny More’s old stomping ground at Salón Rosado de la Tropical, an interview with filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea by Lorenzo DeStefano, and the up-and-coming music sensation Laritza Bacallao. Finally, if tats are your thing, you can get inked up at La Marca—Havana’s first fully dedicated tattoo parlor.
April 2015 Highlights (Havana, unless stated)
- April 2-5: Festival Pina Colada (Ciego de Avila)
- April 8-12: Jornada Ncional de Teatro Callejero (Matanzas)
- April 12-19: XVII Festival de la Huella de España
- April 15-19: Habana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento
- April 15-26: X Festival Internacional de Videodanza DV Tránsitos Habana
Do check out our expanded Havana Guide, which is growing to accommodate the new bars, restaurants and casas particulares that continue to spring forth adding vitality and energy to Havana’s entertainment and hospitality scene.
Thanks to all of our contributors, sponsors, partners and readers. Do please keep providing us with your feedback, comments and suggestions. All enquiries should be directed to Sophia Beckman at CubaAbsolutely@gmail.com. All the best. Viva Cuba!