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In the eleventh years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer, choreographer and co-founder Daile Carrazana.
An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso — together with The Joyce— has commissioned original works from a number of prominent international choreographers, including Ron K. Brown (Why You Follow), Trey McIntyre (Under Fire), Aszure Barton (Indomitable Waltz and Stillness in Bloom), Emmy-award winning Sonya Tayeh (Face the Torrent), Robyn Mineko Williams (Elemental) and celebrated Ephrat Asherie (Floor… y ando!).
As a means of foregrounding Cuban choreographers, Malpaso recently has also world-premiered works by company member Daile Carrazana (Nana para un Insomnio (Lullaby for Insomnia)), (Habanera) and (La Última Canción), bolstering the list of long-toured pieces by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, notably, Ocaso as well as 24 Hours and a Dog and Dreaming of Lions, which are often accompanied live by Grammy award-winning, Cuban-American composer/pianist Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
In a recent collaboration with Alejandro Falcón, Ted Nash and Cubadentro Trio, Delgado choreographed (A Dancing Island).
The company’s repertory includes Tabula Rasa by world-renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, who traveled to Cuba in spring of 2018 specifically to work one on one with Malpaso dancers to crystalize the re-staging of this seldom performed piece; and woman with water by the distinguished Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, who also travel to Havana to premier the work at Martí Theatre on December 2021.




Founder and Executive Director

Graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1988. He is also a founder and actor of Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, was the head of the sociocultural development project in Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio from 1993 to 1997, and has served on the staff of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba since 1998. He is also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.




Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer


Danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso. He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando, George Cespedes, Sonya Tayeh, Robyn Mineko, Trey McIntyre, Aszure Barton, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Ron K. Brown, Ephrat Asherie  among others. Delgado has created works for DCC, Rakatan, Ebony Dance of Cuba, Zenon Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Smuin Contemporary Ballet. Delgado is a 2003 graduate of the National Dance School of Havana, where he is also a professor of dance studies.



Founder, Associate Artistic Director and Dancer


Graduated from the National Ballet School of Havana in 2003. She was a member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso with Osnel Delgado and Fernando Saez. Daile has worked with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Robyn Mineko Williams, Jan Linkens, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando, Trey McIntyre, Aszure Barton, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Ron K. Brown, Susana Pous among others. She has created choreographic works for her company Malpaso (Lullaby for Insomnia, Habanera and La última Canción) and for students of Toronto Metropolitan University. She has collaborated with different musicians: “Lullaby for Insomnia" and “La Última Canción” with Jordi Sabatés (Barcelona) and in the piece "Habanera" with Miguel Núñez (Cuba).

Photos by Todd Rosenberg


Photos by Todd Rosenberg, Daileidys Carrazana and Enmys López




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