Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima

Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima

Malpaso Dance Company

Thursday, August 18 at 11am and 8pm

Dreaming of Lions (a work in progress showing)

Location: The Yard's Patricia Nanon Theater

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 consists of 10 dancers.

"The work is athletic, and charged by the live Latin music...a thrilling affirmation of flourishing independent arts in Cuba."

- Huffington Post, 2015

FERNANDO SÁEZ (Founder and Executive Director) graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1988. He is also a founder and actor of Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, was the head of the sociocultural development project in Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio from 1993 to 1997, and has served on the staff of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba since 1998. He is also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

DAILEIDYS CARRAZANA (Founder and Dancer) graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana in 2003. She was a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso with Osnel Delgado Wambrug. Daile has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Jan Linkens, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz and Isidro Rolando, among others.

OSNEL DELGADO (Founder, Dancer, and Choreographer) danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso. He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. Delgado has created works for DCC, Rakatan and Ebony Dance of Cuba. Wambrug is a 2003 graduate of the National Dance School of Havana, where he is also a professor of dance studies. 

RONALD K. BROWN (Choreographer, Why you Follow) has been making dances since the second grade, growing up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He studied extensively with Mary Anthony, whose technique includes a combination of Martha Graham and Hanya Holm. Brown performed as a dancer with Jennifer Muller/The Works. Muller, Bebe Miller, and Maguy Marin were very influential in his work. His dances derive from his interpretation of the human condition and refer to numerous cultural sources including history, tradition, modern and urban dance movement and dance forms from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Brown has choreographed for and set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Def Dance Jam Workshop, Ballet Hispanico and Philadanco. His theater credits include Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns, and the Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess starring Audra McDonald.

TREY MCINTYRE (Choreographer, Under Fire) was born in Wichita, Kansas, and trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. At Houston Ballet, he was appointed Choreographic Apprentice in 1989 and then, in 1995, he became the company’s Choreographic Associate. He has created more than 100 works for companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Pennsylvania Ballet and founded his own company, Trey McIntyre Project, in 2005. McIntyre’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, PBS News Hour, People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and many others. He is also a filmmaker and photographer, currently working on a documentary and collection of photos, while continuing to work with companies all over the world

A project of Joyce Theater Productions. This engagement was made possible in part by Joyce Theater Productions, a new initiative of The Joyce Theater Foundation in partnership with Sunny Artist Management that supports select projects from inception to premiere and subsequent tours.