Friday, February 24, 2017
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building 011)
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Light lunch served
Arturo O’Farrill, GRAMMY-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader, will discuss his collaboration with founding members of the Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company, Osnel Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Sáez. Duke Performances Associate Director and GRAMMY-winning producer Eric Oberstein will moderate this conversation, touching on, among other topics, the evolving relationship between Cuba and the United States following the restoration of diplomatic relations.
Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st Century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company's core artistic vision is led by resident repertory choreographer Osnel Delgado. The company was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana and Fernando Saéz, and consists of 10 dancers, including former members of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. Their repertory includes 24 hours and a dog, a work by Delgado, set to music by Arturo O’Farrill (who wrote an original overture for the piece, of the same name), Porque Sigues (Why You Follow) by the American choreographer Ronald K. Brown, among other notable works.
On the evenings of February 24 and 25, Malpaso and O’Farrill’s ten-piece Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble will bring to Duke the U.S. premiere of Dreaming of Lions, an evocation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella The Old Man and the Sea. Info and tickets available HERE
Made possible, in part, with a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts & the North Carolina Arts Council, & support from the Dance Program at Duke University.