Teatro Danza Retazos Dance Company
Teatro Danza Retazos is the absolute vanguard in contemporary Cuban dance, projecting their choreography toward a singular scenic projection, representing a forceful chronicle of the Latin-American spirituality in an unpredictable reflexive dance.
In 1989 the Ministry of Culture of Cuba established a plan to create new artistic projects and promote a new approach to the work of dance companies. Today there are 60 professional dance companies with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the National School of Arts and the University of the Arts.
All of our programs include visits to dance companies in Havana for private demonstrations and conversations with the dancers and administrators. Our contributions to the companies help support their community educational programs.
Carlos Acosta Dance Company
In 2016, Carlos Acosta established a company of young local dancers, ready to perform a repertoire of contemporary pieces for Cubans and visitors. Carlos' latest project Acosta Danza, featuring some of Cuba's finest dancers, was recently featured in The Guardian as one of their "Must-See Dance Show of 2017". The Guardian's Judith Mackrell had this to say about the project: "Acosta Danza has an ambitious brief, combining classical and contemporary influences and showcasing Cuba’s fizzing dance culture within a wider international context."
In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already 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.
Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (founded in 1959), has developed a particular style from the basics of Cuban folklore and universal modern dance. So the Company has created a new vision of both modern and national contemporary dance techniques.
Cuban Folkloric Dance Company
Founded in 1962 to delve into and recover certain manifestations of traditional popular Cuban culture, the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba—National Folkloric Company of Cuba—outcome has been a repertoire of over 70 productions dedicated to Afro-Cuban dance and music, especially those that represent the Yoruba, Congo and Abakuá deities, rumba and comparsas, música campesina (typical Cuban country music) and popular dances, among others.
List Alfonso Dance Company
Precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style, List Alfonso shows an original and virtuoso repertoire, recognized by the public and critics as "unique and different". Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rythm of the Cuba that vibrates today.
Rosario Cárdenas Dance Company
The Rosario Cárdenas Dance Company has tested its theory of combinatorics dance system in the contemporary movement, with constant work that encompasses the study of the body as a somatic whole.
Irene Rodriguez Compañía
The Irene Rodríguez Company, founded in January of 2012, has risen to the apex of achievement among those who cultivate the Spanish style of dance in Cuba. With a personalized æsthetic idea of the Spanish Dance – Classical Spanish as well as Flamenco – this company has won varied national and international laurels.