Cuban sensation Malpaso Dance Company returns to Jackson

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Dancers’ Workshop will bring Malpaso Dance Company to Jackson for a weeklong residency in July. Malpaso is a highly sought after contemporary company from Havana, Cuba recently referred to by the New York Times as “sparklingly present and remarkably strong all around.”

Following Malpaso’s critically-acclaimed international debut in New York City in 2014, Malpaso continues to take the American dance world by storm. Cuba is known for producing world-class dancers whose technique is pristine and range is everything from contemporary and classical to capoeira and Afro-Cuban.

Malpaso Dance Company in “Indomitable Waltz” by Choreographer Aszure Barto. (Siobhan Beasley)

“This vital, young company from Cuba is something not to be missed,” declared the Palm Beach Arts Paper.

Malpaso’s ensemble of eleven dancers embodies the rich culture of Havana and returns to Jackson for a second weeklong residency full of vibrant cultural experiences for the community, from powerful performance to free community events.

Malpaso’s weeklong residency in Jackson Hole will be July 14-21.

Malpaso Dance Company will perform on stage two evenings. On Thursday, July 18, they will light up The Center Stage for the annual Dancers’ Workshop Gala Benefit. Malpaso will perform works by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, one of today’s foremost contemporary choreographers, and Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton, one of the most in-demand choreographers today.

On Saturday, July 20, Malpaso will return to The Center Stage for an evening performance featuring works performed at the Gala Benefit as well as works by the Malpaso Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and choreographer Beatriz Garcia.

“Surely, Malpaso, with its fluid, sexy athleticism, can put the lie to the old saw that contemporary dance is too cerebral to be fun to watch,” wrote the Miami New Times.

And there are more chance to meet the dancers.

On Friday, July 19, Dancers’ Workshop is hosting a free Cuban Fiesta in the Park. The family-friendly event is open to the public. The community is invited to bring picnic blankets and enjoy an afternoon of Cuban music, dance demos, food and drink vendors and more.

In addition to the on stage performances and community party, Malpaso’s residency kicks off with an Afro-Cuban dance class at Dancers’ Workshop on Tuesday, July 16 and a free open rehearsal in The Center Theater on Wednesday, July 17.

Malpaso Dance Company in “Tabula Rasa” by Choreographer Ohad Naharin. (Nir Arieli)

About Malpaso Dance Company

In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile.

Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.

The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana.

Malpaso Dance Company in “Indomitable Waltz” by Choreographer Aszure Barton. (Judy Ondrey)

Calendar of Events

  • 7/16 Afro-Cuban Class | 6:30-8:00pm | $25 | Dancers’ Workshop
  • 7/17 Open Rehearsal | Time TBD | Free | The Center Theater
  • 7/18 DW Gala Benefit | 5:30pm* or 8:00pm** | $50-$25,000 | The Center
  • 7/19 Cuban Fiesta | 5:00pm | Free | The Center Park
  • 7/20 Evening Performance | 8:00pm | $50-60 | The Center Theater

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