Cuba’s brightest contemporary dancers, Malpaso Dance Company is set to showcase the full breadth of their artistic excellence in the evening’s works and here is what you should know:

Spanning exuberance, loss, and apocalyptic fears, four disparate yet vibrant selections reveal our bodies’ innate need for connection and impulse for movement.


Lullaby for Insomnia (2020)

Choreography: Daileidys Carrazana
Music: Jordi Sabates
Lighting Design: Guido Gali
Costume Design: Daileidys Carrazana
Dancer: Heriberto Maneses


woman with water (2021)

Choreography: Mats Ek
Choreographic Assistant: Ana Laguna
Music: Fleshquartet
Lighting Design: Ellen Ruge
Dancers: Dunia Acosta, Osnel Delgado


Tabula Rasa (1986)

Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Choreographic Assistants: Matan David, Bret Easterling
Costumes: Eri Nakamura
Lighting Design: Ohad Naharin
Music: Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part
Dancers: Company


Why You Follow (2014)

Choreography: Ronald K. Brown
Assistant Choreographer: Arcell Cabuag
Music: “Look at Africa” by Zap Mama; “En route to Motherland” by Gordheaven & Juliano; “Yoruba Road” by The Allenko Brotherhood; “Kusase Mnandi” by Gordheaven & Juliano and The Heavy Quarterz
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Costume Design: Keiko Voltaire
Dancers: Company


A Little More…

Since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has 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. The company tours with 12 dancers and is led by its original three founders: resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso—together with The Joyce Theater—has commissioned original works from a number of prominent international choreographers, including Ronald K. Brown (Why You Follow), Trey McIntyre (Under Fire), Aszure Barton (Indomitable Waltz; Stillness in Bloom), Robyn Mineko Williams (Elemental), and Tony and Emmy award winning Sonya Tayeh (Face the Torrent), and has licensed works by Mats Ek (woman with water), Ohad Naharin (Tabula Rasa), and Merce Cunningham (Fielding Sixes).


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Performance Details

Malpaso Dance Company will take the stage at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre beginning Friday, June 10 and will run through Saturday, June 11.

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