Cultura Cubana: Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

by on March 18, 2015
 

   Cuba and America’s tentative handshake over trade and border leniency reaches far beyond that of goods and travel.

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Credit: Danza de Contemporanea de Cuba

  What does this new relationship mean for dance?

    More conservative styles like ballet, and the traditionally more hot-and-heavy Rumba (which Cuba is known for curating) will essentially hold steadfast. But the middle ground- modern dance in all of its obscurity and multiple definitions- will surely see influence in Cuba from the influence the rest of the world will be bringing in.

   Professional dancers (for whom the government has provided funding for their education and training) have been denied permission to accept contracts from outside of Cuba. The government essentially expects a return on their investment; for these dancers to contribute to their world of arts and not elsewhere.

   Those who have made it to international dance scenes, including Carlos Acosta, return to occasionally perform and send part of their earnings back to the government out of a sort of patriotism.

   With new economic reforms being signed in by  Raúl Castro, the differing worlds of ballet and rumba will see very little change. Modern dance, however, is sure to see a growing number of dancers as middle class grows with the expanse of new business and trade opportunities.