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 Post subject: Cuba and the arts
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:09 am 
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From Christine Temin in the Boston Globe: The tug of Cuba- In their work and in their lives, exiled artists struggle with the place they once called home


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 3:27 pm 
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Jose Mateo of Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre (Cambridge) is Cuban. The Spring's show is called "The Cuban Condition". Basically, all Cuban music. Cuban music is a lot more varied than the stereotypes would have us believe.

Mr. Mateo has not been able to make it back to Cuba, although he has tried. Cultural exchange between the two countries is still limited, even in this post-Communist age. So his take on it is from the outside looking in, without ever really knowing how older Cubans would react. A number of older Cuban audience members, who spent significant time in Cuba before emigrating, said they very much liked it and thought it was representative of the "old Cuba" they remember.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:46 pm 
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From the Miami Herald,

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For American author, music tells tale

BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO

carmario@herald.com

It's been quite a year for dancing in Cuba. Ballerinas with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba defected while on tour in the United States.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:57 am 
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Hope the book's better than this article. With a few anecdotes, it gives little sense of the thrust of the book. I hope the book looks at how the arts, including dance, have blossomed in Cuba since the Revolution.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:02 am 
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A documentary worth watching:

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Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight

Robert Koehler, Variety on Yahoo

Cultural exchange efforts between Cuba and the U.S. remain few and far between. <a href=http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/variety/20040803/va_fi_re/dance_cuba__dreams_of_flight_3 target=_blank>more</a>


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That link isn't working for me Azlan.


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Stuart, maybe it's a UK vs US thing. That link seems to work fine. But here is a another feature, specifically on Cuban dancers with extensive quote from Alicia Alonso:

<a href=http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=564726&src=rss/uk/entertainmentNews&section=news target=_blank>Cuba's ballerinas wow dance world</a>
By Anthony Boadle, Reuters


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DANCE CUBA: DREAMS OF FLIGHT

ROBERT KOEHLER, Variety

While nimbly avoiding stepping on any political toes, "Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight" elegantly documents the emotional and artistic ties between Cuban and American dancers and dance companies, even as it records the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the two nations. <a href=http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/variety/20040809/va_fi_re/dance_cuba__dreams_of_flight_1 target=_blank>more</a>


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Cuba's ballerinas wow dance world
From the CNN website


HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- From a dilapidated Havana mansion run by a nearly blind legendary ballerina, Cuba is turning out some of the world's finest ballet dancers who are hotly sought by leading international companies.

Trained by 83-year-old ballet great Alicia Alonso at the National Ballet of Cuba, the dancers blend joyful Cuban sensuality and a superb classical training combining Russian, French and English techniques. The combination has stunned audiences and won them critical acclaim.

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Cuban Dance Troupe Asks for Asylum in U.S.

Arts/Stage - Reuters

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A Cuban troupe of 44 dancers, singers and musicians starring in a show in Las Vegas sought asylum in the United States on Monday in one of the largest mass defections by Cubans performing abroad. <a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=801&e=2&u=/nm/20041116/stage_nm/cuba_dancers_dc target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>


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Defecting Cuban Troupe Reunites in Vegas
by CHRISTINA ALMEIDA
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Machado, the group's manager, said the arrival of the six will lift the spirits of "Havana Night Club" and allow the cast to focus on performing, rather than worrying about their friends and loved ones.
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CHRISTINA ALMEIDA wrote:

"...the Castro regime would not let the troupe travel to Las Vegas for its first U.S. engagement...especially since U.S. officials rejected a similar [visa] request in February."

I wonder if the author would write: "..the Bush regime would not let the Nilas Martins Dance Group travel to Cuba..." There would, of course, have been little or no chance of the Cuban government rejecting visa requests for the Nilas Martins dancers.

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Following discussions, we have decided to consolidate two topics:

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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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Cuban dancers seek US asylum

by MARCUS WARREN in New York
the Daily Telegraaph

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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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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mehunt posted 17 November 2004 01:13 AM
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So nice to see Lyndsey Winship's byline in the Guardian.

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Stuart Sweeney posted 17 November 2004 01:26 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

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 "Tocororo", 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 justification for the current, unilateral, US cultural embargo on Cuba.

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I posted this over on the NYCB thread, but thought it might make more sense here...

his isn't about the winter season, but the NY Times reports that Nilas Martins & his group of NYCB dancers were denied visas to take part in the International Festival of Ballet in Havana.

Not to get into politics, but this kind of visa refusal is beyond ridiculous, and since other US dancers apparently will be attending, there must be some other issue involved.

The other 19+ other countries have no problem allowing their dancers to visit Cuba, and the US regularly allows other dancers and the national fencing team to go to Havana for competitions and performances. So it seems just odd that this request was turned down, and turned down repeatedly. Not to mention that it's almost comical that the refusal came from the Treasury Department.

It seems very hypocritical to welcome Cuban dancers to live and dance here, but then to forbid our own dancers from performing in Cuba. If art can't bring the world together, than nothing can.

On a side note, Martins must now be an American citizen, as I belive he wouldn't have this kind of problem travelling on a Danish passport.

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In The Christian Science Monitor, Joe Schoenmann interviews Havana Night Club dancers who filed for political asylum in Las Vegas:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1123/p03s01-woam.html?s=hns


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