malpaso dance company
Dreaming of Lions by Osnel Delgado
with an original score composed and conducted by Arturo O’Farrill,
performed by The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
Indomitable Waltz choreography by Aszure Barton
Why You Follow choreography by Ronald K. Brown
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 7pm
Location: MV Performing Arts Center
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 6:30pm
Location: The Yard
Returning to The Yard after 3 sold out performances in 2016!
Dreaming of Lions is a new dance work by Osnel Delgado, the resident choreographer and Artistic Director of one of the newest and most sought-after Cuban contemporary groups, Malpaso Dance Company. Taking inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s beloved novella The Old Man and the Sea, Delgado offers an abstract rendering of the classic tale of an old man’s quest to catch an elusive fish.
Dreaming of Lions engages a creative team of frequent collaborators including Grammy award-winner Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Malpaso Dance Company
Artistic Director, Osnel Delgado
"[Mr. Delgado's] finely kneaded movement, which almost makes you want to grab it in fistfuls, buoys into and out of the ground with delectable ease."
- Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
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, and the company develops its work in a collective creative process. Malpaso was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Daileidys Carrazana and Fernando Saéz, and tours with 11 dancers.
Arturo O'Farrill is a jazz musician, the son of Latin jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O'Farrill and current pianist, composer, and director for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. He is best known for his contributions to contemporary Latin jazz (more specifically Afro-Cuban jazz), having received two Grammy Awards and four Grammy nominations for his work in the genre.
The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (ALJE) is an octet/nonet made up of some of the most virtuosic musicians in jazz today. Their repertoire honors the pioneers of Latin jazz, like Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, while keeping a strong foothold in progressing that music by performing contemporary compositions of the genre. ALJE has teamed with the Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, with which Arturo O’Farrill scored music in collaboration with Osnel Delgado, who choreographed their works together. The ALJE has performed internationally to critical acclaim, playing such festivals as the Cubadisco Festival (Havana, Cuba), the Luminato Festival (Toronto, Canada), Aperitivo in Concerto (Milan, Italy) and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA).
An Associate Company of JOYCE THEATER PRODUCTIONS
This project was made possible by Joyce Theater Productions, a producing partnership of The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (New York) and Sunny Artist Management, Inc. (Toronto). It was formed to create and tour works by some of today’s most exciting dancers and choreographers. The piece made its world premiere in Havana, Cuba in September 2016, and made its US premiere at Duke Performances in Durham, NC on February 24-25 2017, followed by an engagement in NYC at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from March 1-5 2017.
Dreaming of Lions was co-commissioned by the Luminato Festival, Joan and Jerry Lozinski from Toronto (Canada), and The Yard.
A technical residency was generously provided by Duke Performances for the US premiere of Dreaming of Lions by Osnel Delgado.
Additional support provided by the following generous funders: Con Edison, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Jerome L. Greene Foundation in honor of Karen Brooks Hopkins, Todd Gordon and Susan Feder, Lisa and Richard Witten, and Diana and Dick Beattie. The work is dedicated to Ronald Feiner.
Tonight’s performance of Arturo O’Farrill’s score for “Dreaming of Lions" and the appearance of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble are due in part to the support of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (www.afrolatinjazz.org)