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Sure-footed Cuban dance in Washington

Compañia Malpaso CubaThrough Cuban dance company Malpaso, one of the island’s most valued artistic expressions among U.S. audiences will take to the stage this weekend as part of the Artes de Cuba Festival, taking place at Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Those attending the event at the Eisenhower Theater will enjoy a program made up of Aszure Barton’s Indomitable Waltz, along with the artistic director of the group, Osnel Delgado’s Ocaso and 24 Hours and a Dog, with music by Arturo O’Farrill.

Founded in 2012, with Fernando Sáez as executive director, Malpaso enjoys the recognition of U.S. critics, following its association from the beginning with the Joyce Theater, of New York, and the performances it has offered in 15 States across the U.S. over the last three years.

Those who rushed to buy tickets to see Malpaso this weekend, with both the Friday and Saturday functions already sold out, were likely influenced by positive reviews such as that by Los Angeles Times critic, Laura Bleiberg, who described watching them perform as “a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning,” or the view of Adrienne Totino in The Pittsburgh Examiner, who noted: “Malpaso’s aim is to bring ‘Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century.’ Clearly, they have already arrived.”


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