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 Post subject: Cuban dancers Want Asylum in US
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:13 am 
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43 members of Cuban troupe defect in search of 'artistic freedom'

by JOHN HISCOCK in Los Angeles
the Independent

...the show's founder and director, the German-born Nicole Durr said.

"Art should have no boundaries," she added. "My artists stood up in one voice and said they wanted to go. 'We want to dance. We want to continue to dance'."
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:15 am 
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Cuban dancers seek US asylum

by MARCUS WARREN in New York
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The 43 performers were due to make an official request to stay in America yesterday before starting a nightly residence at the city's Stardust Resort and Casino.
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Prominent Defections From Cuba

by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Some of the prominent Cuban defections to the United States

* 1960: Former Cuban Agriculture Minister Raul Chibas, a close associate of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, flees with his wife in a motorboat.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:10 pm 
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And from Steve Friess, correspondent to the Boston Globe:
44 in Cuban dance troupe defect - Seek US asylum; cite fear of not being allowed to perform
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The dancers, musicians, and directors of "Havana Night Club -- The Show" said they feared returning to Cuba because the government had threatened to no longer allow them to perform, so they were defecting before their US visas expire this month.


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Will salsa for cash

by LYNDSEY WINSHIP
the Guardian

For Cuban dancers, the lure of working abroad is essentially financial. "In Cuba, you can work a lot but you don't really see much money. Here you can work a lot and you see money," says Havana-born Janet Fuentes...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:13 am 
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So nice to see Lyndsey Winship's byline in the Guardian.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:26 am 
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Lyndsey's on a roll, with articles in The Guardian on consecutive days. Here's the other one - an interview with Rafael Bonachela:

http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=5;t=002712;p=2#000031

<small>[ 17 November 2004, 01:27 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Cuban dancers Want Asylum in US
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 8:52 am 
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I'm sure the Cuban dancers' skill and dynamism will ensure their success in the US and elsewhere. In Lyndsey's article, we learn:

"In Cuba, you can work a lot but you don't really see much money. Here you can work a lot and you see money," says Havana-born Janet Fuentes, 22, star of the ill-fated musical Murderous Intentions. Fuentes came to the UK four years ago and has chosen to stay, with no pressure from the authorities on either side.

To put the financial position in perspective, the CIA Factbook reports that the per capita GDPs are:

Cuba - $2,900

USA - $37,800

ie a ratio of 13:1.

In comparison, for Mexico, not facing a US trade embargo, the equivalent figure is $9,000.

Recently, in what appears to be a tightening of the embargo, the Nilas Martins Dance Company was refused permission by the U.S. Treasury Department to attend an international festival in Cuba. Further, my guess is that, as a result of this mass defection, the number of Cuban companies allowed to travel to the US by the Cuban authorities will decline from the current levels. So, unfortunately, there is likely to be even less artistic contact between the two countries.

Among the works the US is missing is "Tocorora", mentioned in Lyndsey's article, with around 20 Cuban performers and, of course, UK and Canadian tourists travel to Cuba regularly for the world class arts and culture. In the Observer newspaper's "Human Rights Index", constructed in 1999, Cuba came 35th (low numbers=worst human rights) and Mexico was worse, at 16th. So, I fail to see the rationale for the current, unilateral, US cultural embargo on Cuba.

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I wonder whether this topic would be better placed in "Issues"? Further I note that one article on this theme has been posted in the general "Cuba and the Arts" topic:

http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=000711


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Following discussions we have consolidated this topic with Cuba and the Arts.


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