The Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba [Danza Contemporánea de Cuba or DCC], a troupe with over 50 years of history on the island, will perform for the first time in the United States next May with a tour that tentatively includes 23 shows in four states: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The tour will include 31 dancers and will begin on May 9, 2011. Last year, the troupe toured the United Kingdom with great success.
DCC director Miguel Iglesias told EFE that the troupe’s debut in the U.S., particularly in the space of the Joyce Theater in New York, is a “right” and a “duty” and could be the “driving force” for other presentations. Iglesias said that although there have been previous chances to perform in the U.S., the invitation by the Joyce Theater is the first to which the company responds.
According to Cubaencuentro, the Cuban dance company’s trip to the U.S. coincides with a moment of true cultural exchange that has been coming about this year between the two countries that for 50 years have had no diplomatic relations and have been politically at odds.
The troupe’s opening of its 2011 season in Havana will include the premiere of “Horizonte” [Horizon] by Cuban-American choreographer and teacher Pedro Ruiz, who since 2010 has collaborated with the company. This piece is the culmination of the first stage of Ruiz’s artistic project “The Windows,” which proposes a cultural bridge between the U.S. and Cuba in the world of dance.
Ruiz, who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, told EFE that is the first time a Cuban-American has been given the opportunity to choreograph on the Island.