Danza Contemporánea de Cuba’s - UK Tour 2017
Cuba’s favourite dance company makes its Barbican debut. A stunning blend of Afro Caribbean rhythms, jazzy American modernism and inflections from European ballet, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba’s (DCC) hybrid, hothouse style has been evoking the sensual heart of Cuban spirit for over 50 years.
This electrifying new show sees the company team up with leading chorographers, including Olivier award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the UK’s Theo Clinkard and the Company’s very own Cuban wunderkind George Céspedes.
Thu 23 February at 8pm
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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba’s UK Tour 2017. Last seen in the UK in 2012, Cuba’s vibrant flagship contemporary dance company will present an exciting programme choreographed by some of today’s most sought-after choreographic names. The 2017 UK tour opens at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on 14 February and concludes at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on 18 March.
Now under the directorship of Miguel Iglesias, the company will present three UK premieres during its UK Tour- a mixed bill of recently created work by three top choreographers: Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; the UK’s Theo Clinkard; and the company’s very own Cuban wunderkind George Céspedes.
Hot Cuban passions, sass and wit all meet in Reversible by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. It delves deep into the path of gender matters, sudden changes in relationships, the games, rivalry and pleasure of being opponents and dissidents. To an eclectic soundtrack including music by Jean-Claude Kerinec & Staff Elmeddah, Kroke, Scanner and Eric Vaarzon Morel, Reversible is a captivating comment on gender, spoken in Lopez Ochoa’s trademark quirky style, this time with a Cuban accent. Lighting is by Fernando Alonso and costumes by Vladimir Cuenca.
Reversible is performed by seventeen company dancers and premiered in Cuba in 2015. The original production was sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Cuba.
Lopez Ochoa has created work for over forty dance companies across the world, including English National Ballet and New York City Ballet, and is currently one of the female choreographers most in demand on the international scene. In 2012 she created her first full-length ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet. The production received a South Bank Sky Arts Award for `Best New Production’ and a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for ‘Best Classical Choreography’. Earlier this year Lopez Ochoa received further critical acclaim for Broken Wings, a new work for English National Ballet’s She Said programme.
The Listening Room, an exuberant and experimental piece by Theo Clinkard, was created for twenty DCC dancers and premiered in Cuba in May 2016. It was originally funded by British Council as part of ‘Islas Creativas’ (Creative Islands) initiative between British Council and DCC to support the development of new choreography.
Set to Steve Reich’s driving score, ‘Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings’, The Listening Room is a celebration of expressive and instinctive dancing. As the performers in headphones respond to an alternate soundtrack of wildly diverse music and text, the piece invites the audience to create their own relationships between what they hear and what they see. Lighting is by Fernando Alonso and costumes are made by Vladimir Cuenca.
Following twenty years performing in work by many of the UK’s celebrated dance makers, Brighton based choreographer, performer and stage designer, Clinkard has swiftly built an international reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting dance. Clinkard launched his own company in 2012 to develop work that explores the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. In 2015, he was one of three choreographers selected to create a work for the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as part of their very first evening of new work after the passing of its founder, the visionary Pina Bausch.
Matria Etnocentra by the company’s resident choreographer and dancer George Céspedes sees 23 dancers moving to a drill-like rhythm in this award-winning work: following its world premiere in Havana in 2015, Céspedes was awarded the Critique Villanueva Award 2015 by the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba for ‘Best Choreography’.
To music by Nacional Electrónica and Hermanos Expósito including interpretations of the music of Ignacio Villa (Bola de Nieve), costume design by George Céspedes and lighting by Ariel Capote Granado, it is an exciting group work that portrays the tension between the fluidity of music and dance and the regimented nature of daily life in Cuba.
Following DCC’s last UK tour, Céspedes’ Mambo 3XX1 was nominated for Olivier and TMA awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dance’. Born in Holguin in Cuba in 1979 Céspedes studied at National School of Dance in Havana and joined DCC as a dancer in 1998. As a principal dancer he has performed in more than 19 works in DCC’s repertoire. He has created works for many companies including DCC, Ballet Nacional de Cuba and National School of Dance.
Tue 14 & Wed 15 February at 7.30pm (please note NATIONAL PRESS NIGHT is Tue 14 Feb at 7.30pm)
Royal Concert Hall NOTTINGHAM
Tickets: 0115 989 5555 www.trch.co.uk
Fri 17 & Sat 18 February at 7.30pm
The Lowry SALFORD QUAYS
Tickets: 0843 208 6000 www.thelowry.com
Tue 21 & Wed 22 February at 7.30pm
Theatre Royal NEWCASTLE
Tickets: 08448 11 21 21 www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Thu 23 February at 8pm
Barbican Hall LONDON
Tickets: 020 7638 8891 www.barbican.org.uk
Tue 28 February & Wed 1 March at 7.30pm
Wales Millennium Centre CARDIFF
Tickets: 029 2063 6464 www.wmc.org.uk
Fri 3 & Sat 4 March at 7.30pm
Theatre Royal PLYMOUTH
Tickets: 01752 267222 www.theatreroyal.com
Tue 7 & Wed 8 March at 7.30pm
Brighton Dome BRIGHTON
Tickets: 01273 709709 www.brightondome.org
Fri 10 March at 7.30pm
Eden Court INVERNESS
Tickets: 01463 234234 www.eden-court.co.uk
Tue 14 & Wed 15 March at 7.30pm
Festival Theatre EDINBURGH
Tickets: 0131 529 6000 www.edtheatres.com
Fri 17 & Sat 18 March at 7.30pm
Marlowe Theatre CANTERBURY
Tickets: 01227 787787 www.marlowetheatre.com
About Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (DCC)
About Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (DCC) – Directed by Miguel Iglesias, DCC was founded in 1959 by Ramiro Guerra under the name of Conjunto de Danza Moderna, created from the National Theater’s dance department. In 1962 it was renamed Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna, became Danza Nacional de Cuba in 1974 and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in 1987. As Cuba’s flag-ship contemporary dance company, the most prominent figures of the Cuban dance scene have started their illustrious careers with DCC. Whilst maintaining all the principles of its founder Ramiro Guerra, compelling and ground-breaking projects continue to thrive. This allows the company to remain open to developments in dance, without forgetting its heritage.
The company’s unique style is routed in the principles of Cuban modern dance technique and harmoniously blends with a mix of black and white cultural heritage influenced by Cuba’s African and Spanish ancestors, African-Caribbean rhythms, jazzy American modernism and classical European ballet.
About Dance Consortium
Dance Consortium is a group of 17 large scale venues located across the UK. Since its formation in 2000 Dance Consortium has presented 39 tours by 22 different companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Israel and the USA. Their performances and education activities have been experienced by hundreds of thousands of people across all parts of the UK.
Dance Consortium receives investment as a national portfolio organisation of Arts Council England. Dance Consortium members: Grand Opera House Belfast, Birmingham Hippodrome, Alhambra Theatre Bradford, Brighton Dome, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Curve Theatre Leicester, Sadler’s Wells London, Milton Keynes Theatre, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham with Dance 4, Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Lowry Salford, The Mayflower, Southampton, New Victoria Theatre, Woking.