News: On keeping a dance company in Cuba and being inspired by Carlos Acosta

Wednesday 27 July 2016

As Vamos Cuba! opens at Sadler’s Wells for a summer season, Nilda Guerra talks about her life in dance.

Guerra runs a company with more than 100 dancers, choreographs new works and combines these responsibilities with administrative and organisational demands. “I feel the director mentality is so closed. They don’t let you shine. I hate that. I decided that I had to have a company and everybody has to feel really cool and good and they have to enjoy what they are doing.”

Dance has been Guerra’s life ever since she was a child, “I was a wild one, and my mother didn’t know what to do with me. So she put me into dance school.” She won a place at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte in Santiago. “Three groups of students from all over the country were invited. We had never experienced city life and it was a big opportunity,” she explains.

During her training, she saw Carlos Acosta dancing salsa. “ . . . I loved the way he moved . . . someone told me he was a classic dancer, because normally the classic dancers aren’t allowed to move like that,” Guerra says, “But Carlos is special. He is an artist who puts his talent and body on the spot. He has achieved so much for himself and for our country. And he has the most amazing heart.”

Read the full interview with Sarah Crompton in the Evening Standard 27 July 2016.

Vamos Cuba! is at Sadler’s Wells until 21 August.

Watch Behind the Scenes on Vamos Cuba! and get a taster of some of the moves on Sadler’s Wells Theatre YouTube channel.

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