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"...a pinch-me moment, one of those times
when you catch an artistic dawning...
Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional."
"Surely, Malpaso, with its fluid, sexy athleticism, can put the lie to the old saw that contemporary dance is too cerebral to be fun to watch."
Helena Alonso Paisley
Miami New Times
"[They do] what dancers do best. They take classes, they rehearse, they create, they perform. And they do so with technical strength, precision, and passion."
Gillian Anne Renault
"...a blend of unfussy ballet technique and lushly earthy modern dance, spiked with now-soft, now-explosive capoeira."
the boston globe
"Trey McIntyre's 'Under Fire', created for the company, is one of those rare transcendent works in which music, movement and mood come together with absolute rightness."
"[Indomitable Waltz is]...totally engrossing...an abundance of distinctive movement that is both simple and stunning at the same time."
PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER
"The work is a non-stop barrage of fluid movement, supported by admirable
technique and easy musicality."
"With joints like liquid, they seem to float on and off stage without a single sound. But like most ballerinas, the articulation through their limbs was precise as a puzzle."
"Malpaso's aim is to bring 'Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century.' Clearly, they have already arrived."
"[Mr. Delgado's] finely kneaded movement, which almost makes you want to grab it in fistfuls, buoys into and out of the ground
with delectable ease."
The new york times
"Malpaso [delivers] a crispness that awakens the mind and soul, stirring new ideas about movement, dance, and the intermingling of social and individual relationships."
Jul 19, 2019
DANCE REVIEW: MALPASO DANCE COMPANY AT ADF
CHATHAM LIFE & STYLE
Rejecting expectation is the modus operandi of Canadian-born Aszure Barton's sharp 2016 work [Indomitable Waltz]...However Fosse-like they may appear, with hips popping like Lady Gaga backup dancers, there is never style for style's sake...
Mar 06, 2019
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY FROM CUBA HAS CONTEMPORARY MISSION
There is a saying in Cuba that Cubans were born dancing. From the influence of West African and Caribbean cultures to the invention of the mambo in the 1930s by native Cuban composer Arsenio Rodriguez, dance is central to Cuba's history, culture and religious traditions.
But over the last seven years, the Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company has been striving to remedy an underdeveloped area of Cuban dance: contemporary choreography...
Mar 05, 2019
CHICAGO'S HUBBARD STREET MEETS CUBA'S MALPASO FOR INGENIOUS MASHUP
For the latest instalment in the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” 312 Dance Series, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago came up with the inspired idea to mix things up by entering into a collaboration with the Malpaso Dance Company, Cuba’s foremost contemporary troupe.
The result, showcased in a brief engagement this past weekend, was a stunning program...
Mar 04, 2019
MALPASO COLLABORATION A COHESIVE CULTURAL EXCHANGE...
SEE CHICAGO DANCE
...Eventually, the women found their way to each other once again, hugging and tenderly swaying o stage, all the while the man’s voice filled the space with raw emotion.
It's a moment that could only be cultivated from a Chicago choreographer collaborating with a Cuban dance company...
Jul 01, 2018
LUMINATO 2018: MALPASO DANCE THEATRE
MY ENTERTAINMENT WORLD
Sitting in the audience of a dance performance, feeling fully enveloped by the movement, is one of the most delicious experiences I can think of. The Cuban based Malpaso Dance Company brought to Luminato 2018 three mesmerizing performances that, along with the superb accompaniment of Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, suspended time and transported me to different worlds...
Jan 19, 2018
THE JOYCE THEATER AND CUBA'S MALPASO DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASE AN INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE
THE VILLAGE VOICE
Nine passionate dancers make up the budding Cuban contemporary troupe Malpaso Dance Company, showcased at the Joyce Theater Wednesday night. Yet to these dancers, the setting was more than just another venue...
Dec 03, 2017
MALPAS DANCE BRINGS ITS BREEZY, CHARMING SURPRISES FROM CUBA
The Cuba-based Malpaso Dance Company’s Los Angeles debut Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning.
Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional...
Nov 13, 2017
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY'S TITAS DEBUT LAID EXCELLENCE BARE
On Friday and Saturday, the Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company, Cuba's first independent dance company, named after the Spanish word for "misstep," debuted with TITAS Presents, and the emotion brought me back to my first vision of Kibbutz. This was one of the most stunning things I had ever seen...
Mar 02, 2017
BAILANDO CON LOS LEONES
Honor, determinación, pér- dida y la insoportable leve- dad del ser son algunos de los temas que se tratan y se bai- lan en “Dreaming of Lions” (Soñando con leones), la úl- tima obra que la compañía cubana de danza Malpaso presenta este n de semana en Brooklyn...
Feb 26, 2017
SUSAN BROILI ARTS
Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble had the packed (sold-out) audience on its feet after the U.S. premiere of Osnel Delgado’s “Dreaming Of Lions” on Friday (Feb. 24) the first of a two-night run at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater.
This evening turned out to be a triple treat of live music, dance and the fact that the inspiration for this new work had come from Ernest Hemingway’s novella “The Old Man and the Sea." ...
Feb 23, 2017
VISIONS OF HEMINGWAY: DANCE COMPANY AND COMPOSER INTERPRET 'THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA'
THE HERALD SUN
In Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” Santiago, an old fisherman, dreams of his boyhood in Africa where he saw lions playing like cubs on the beach. Chances are, Hemingway never dreamt that the Cuba he loved, lived and fished in would ever produce a modern dance company that would create a work based on his 1952 novella that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and figured into the Nobel Prize in Literature he received in 1954...
Feb 08, 2017
BRILLIANT BARTON WORK MAKES MALPASO APPEARANCE SOMETHING SPECIAL
PALM BEACH ARTSPAPER
When one sees a great deal of dance, it’s always thrilling to experience a work that is richly unique in its movement vocabulary and is performed by a group of dancers who move in an exceptional way. I always hope to be totally caught up — delightfully submerged — in the artistry and creativity onstage, but it just doesn’t happen that often.
But then unexpectedly, and for one delicious moment, it does...
Jan 06, 2017
CUBAN GOLD: CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY MALPASO DEBUTS AT ARSHT
MIAMI NEW TIMES
Myth has it that a Cuban who doesn’t dance is a rare creature. You could live a lifetime without seeing one, like the endangered Florida panther.
“We come from a dancing island,” explains Fernando Sáez, founder and executive director of Cuban contemporary dance company Malpaso...
Jan 04, 2017
THE US-CUBA RELATIONSHIP CHANGED - SO DID THE LIVES OF THESE DANCERS
The Cuban modern dance troupe Malpaso has lived a kind of dizzying artistic fairy tale since relations between the United States and Cuba opened up two years ago. They’ve worked with top U.S. choreographers and performed at the most prestigious venues in this country, receiving mostly glowing reviews. They’re sponsored by renowned New York dance presenter Joyce Theater Foundation — an enviable position for any ensemble...
May 06, 2016
WHAT COMES NEXT FOR CUBAN MODERN DANCE?
THE NEW YORK TIMES
HAVANA — Idania Wambrug teaches dance in a capacious, brick-vaulted studio with so much light streaming down from high windows that it almost feels like an outdoor pavilion. It’s the same studio where she was a student in the 1960s, and over the years, all that natural light has been helpful when the electricity has gone out...
May 11, 2016
REVIEW: MALPASO, LIKE THE FAMILIAR COMFORT OF AN OLD SWEATER
THE NEW YORK TIMES
It’s been two years since the Havana-based company Malpaso made its international debut at the Joyce Theater. On Tuesday the troupe returned there as part of the two-week Cuba Festival, with a program almost identical to the one it presented in 2014...
Sep 16, 2015
CUBAN DANCE COMPANY MALPASO WILL MAKE ATLANTA DEBUT AS PART OF NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL
When Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cuba for the reopening of the U.S. Embassy on August 14, the Havana based Malpaso Dance Company was in the United States, performing on Martha’s Vineyard. And when Pope Francis visits Cuba on September 19, Malpaso will be performing in Atlanta as part of the National Black Arts Festival...
Aug 07, 2015
MALPASO TROUPE BRINGS COMPELLING ARTISTRY TO BECKET
THE BOSTON GLOBE
BECKET — If our country’s relaxing of sanctions with Cuba continues, perhaps visits from the likes of the Havana based Malpaso Dance Company, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this week, will be more frequent. Given this contemporary company’s compelling, handsomely trained dancers, more appearances would be most welcome...
Aug 07, 2015
CUBAN DANCERS IMPRESS AT PILLOW
Founded just three years ago in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company looks as if it's been around forever. The 10 dancers, many of whom trained at Cuba's National Ballet Company, bring ease, sophistication and a remarkable quality of presence to the stage...
Jun 25, 2015
REVIEW: MALPASO DANCE COMPANY - THRILLING CUBAN COMPANY HEATS UP LUMINATO
NOW MAGAZINE TORONTO
For those who feel contemporary dance doesn’t always have enough, well, dance, I have a
suggestion. Catch one of the two remaining performances of Cuba’s Malpaso Dance
Company at Luminato. Buzz about the three-year-old company is growing as they take their first steps off the island...
Mar 02, 2015
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY PROVES THEIR RELEVANCE IN CONTEMPORARY DANCE
THE PITTSBURGH EXAMINER
As part of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s World Stage Series, Malpaso Dance Company made their Pittsburgh premiere over the weekend. The company is based in Havana, and was founded just three years ago. Dance Magazine already named them as one of their top 25 to watch. And The New York Times hailed their “pristine technique.”...
Jun 12, 2014
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY: STEPS AND "MISSTEPS" IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
CUBAN ART NEWS
MalPaso, a Havana-based contemporary dance company, had a successful debut in the United States at the Joyce Theater of New York on May 27–June 1, 2014, then moved on to perform in Miami June 4-6. Dancers Osnel Delgado Wamburg and Daileidys Carrazana Gonzalez, both formerly with Cuba’s largest contemporary dance company, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, founded MalPaso in December 2012.
May 24, 2014
FOR A CUBAN TROUPE A GIFT OF ROOTEDNESS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, the national modern dance company, first performed in the United States in 2011. The date is noteworthy, since the troupe was founded more than 50 years earlier, in the same year that Fidel Castro came to power...
May 28, 2014
A YOUNG COMPANY YES, BUT TAKING MORE THAN BABY STEPS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Some dance troupes might need a few years and a few false starts to develop a program fit for international touring. Not the 10member MalPaso Dance Company, from Havana, which made its United States debut — its first appearance outside Cuba — on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater...
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