Dance in Cuba

From Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance to the Traditional and Popular Dances

Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino

In a single volume, Dance in Cuba is the one and only complete reference. It explores all the currents and genres of Cuban dance, from their beginnings to today: from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba to Danza Contempóranea de Cuba; from the many dance companies - such as the extraordinary Acosta Danza - to entertainment dancing. All the facets of the fa
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Gremese International
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9788873017875
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 10.2 X 7.5 inches
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This book explores as never before all the facets of the fascinating universe of rhythms and “born to dance” artists of the Big Island. It traces Cuban dance from its origins through colonialism and from the Revolution to the present day. Before the advent of Fidel Castro, the voluptuous life of cabarets (i.e. Sans Souci or Tropicana) reigned supreme in the pulsating heart of Havana. The world’s greatest actors, dancers and singers came to perform in Cuba. Italian and French-style theaters billed the world’s greatest opera divas, ballets and concerts. After 1959, Castro took over all aspects of the sector and promoted the more authentic Afro-Cuban oral culture, aimed to appeal to all the population. Cubanía became country, homeland, identity. A magnificent tradition of classical ballet is still vital in Cuba today. The Escuela Nacional de Ballet produces exceptional dancers each year. There is also a vigorous modern and contemporary dance culture. Cuban folk, yoruba and popular dances also continue to dazzle. In a single volume, Cuba Danza is the one and only complete reference.

About The Author

Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino has for decades been a critic and authority on dance (La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy) for newspapers, websites, television, theatres, museums and festivals, in Europe. In the early eighties her intense involvement in the project “The Island that Dances” led her frequently to Cuba and the forming of longstanding friendships. She continues to pursue her passion for this very special island through constant research, and above all by dancing and living in Cuba with the Cubans.

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