The First Annual Cuba Caribe Festival- four groundbreaking and provocative weeks of performance, workshops, discussions, and celebration - will reassure the choreography of Ramon ramos Alayo and Susana Arenas Pedroso, the dance of members of Ban Darra, and many other Bay Area Cuban artists and dancers.
Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 17 at 8 pm, and Sunday, at 2pm and 7 pm.
Vamos a Andar
A mixed Program of Dance, Music and Storytelling
Featuring: Dance Brigade, Lichi Fuentes, Aramis Pazos Barrera, Susana Arenas Pedroso, José Francisco Barroso, Alayo Dance Company Grrl Brigade and members of Ban Rarra - José "Cheo" Rojas, Luis S. Plan Hechavaria, Alain Soto.
Guest Musicians: José Luis, Ramón "Sandy" Perez, Rogelio Kindelán Norders, Olorun.
Choreographers Krissy Keefer and Jose Navarrete will be premiering a new work, Dear Fidel, that reflects the current politics between Cuba and the United States. With choreography by Jose Navarrete, live music by Lichi Fuentes, video by Joe Williams and original text and direction by Krissy Keefer this piece will deal with the embargo, the travel restrictions and the tension and strain of the relationship between the United States and Cuba during this present political climate.
Ned Sublette , a recognized expert on Cuban Music, offers an indispensable examination of the fundamental music of the New World, which influenced classical music, ragtime, tango, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and hip hop to say nothing of salsa and the recent Latin music invasion. The author will highlight the evolution of Cuban music - from it´s African drum roots to its eventual influence on American music. Copies of the book, autographed by the author, will be available at the lecture.
Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 24 at 8 pm, and Sunday, at 2 pm only.
Yo Soy Cuba
An evening of Traditional Folkloric and Popular Dance
Under the artistic direction of Susan Arenas Pedroso, Yo Soy Cuba shows the movements, rhythm, melody, vivacity and the color of the Cuban spirit, with it´s blend of Spanish and African ancestry. This evening of dance and music, respecting the past while looking to the future, demonstrates the vibrant energy, pride and variety of one of the richest cultures in the world.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & May 1st at 8 pm, and Sunda at 2 pm & 7 pm.
A Piece of Whithe Cloth
Ramón Ramos Alayo´s work weaves threads of modern, Cuban Folkloric, and African Dance into an evening-length performance. This uninhibited fusion of movement from these three traditions, traces in reverse and without interruption the continuity of Yoruban Movement, memory and metaphor, from its roots on the western coast of Africa, thorugh Cuban folkloric Dance to the Afro Cuban Modern Dance. This work meditates between the ancestor and the world creating a stunning evening of ritual dance theater.
Classes and Lectures
Class - Popular Dances with Idalmis Romero Valdez
Class - Afro Haitian with Alain Soto
Class - Rumba with Susana Arenas Perdroso
Class - Rueda de Casino with Alain Soto
Class - Discussion Panel - Cuba Now!, Ana Perez of Global Exchange hosts a panel discussion on the current Cuba- U.S. relations.
Class - Afro-Cuban Folkloric with Susana Arenas Pedroso
Lecture - Tambora Bata with Michael Spiro
Class - Yoruba Dance with Teresita Perez
Lecture and discussion: Afro-Yoruba Spiritual Tradition with Jose Francisco Barroso.