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Schedule: performances & workshops

Afro - Cuban - Haitian Dance Workshops with José Carrión of Ballet Folklórico Cutumba de Santiago de Cuba, 11/07

Academy of Cuban Folklore & Dance in Seattle,  with José Alfredo Carrión, Cutumba's former principal dancer

Discography

Foto Gallery

Contacting Cutumba

Dancer Silfredo La'O back in LA, 7/15 & 16/2000

Haiti in Cuba


Links

dancerCutumba - Ballet Folklorico
Santiago de Cuba

For over thirty years, the internationally renown folkloric group CUTUMBA has been researching, collecting, conserving, revitalizing, and presenting the folkloric manifestations of Afro-Franco-Haitian-Cuban origin found primarily in Cuba’s eastern (Oriente) provinces. The ensemble includes 48 musicians and dancers. Their vast repertoire includes the Afro-Cuban manifestations brought to the island by Africans of Congo/Bantu and Yoruba traditions, as well as the strong influences of the Afro-Haitian migration to this part of Cuba. The ensemble’s choreographies include gagá, vodún, santería, merengue-haitiano, tumba francesa, rumba, son, merengue haitiano and tumba francesa.

As stellar exponents of these traditions, Cutumba has been invited on several international tours throughout Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Their rigorous artistic quality, authentic representation and dynamic expression have been merited on numerous occasions, including a medal at the Festival Internacional FITEL of Portugal in 1992, El Premio Nacional de la Mariposa, 1994; and the Medalla de la Popularidad in the Festival Internacional de Teatro (FIT) in Cádiz, Spain in 1995.

WORKSHOPS

2005

DIRECT FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA, THIS SUMMER IN MONTREAL, CANADA!

We are thrilled to welcome two members of the world renowned Afro-Cuban folkloric troupe, BALLET FOLKLORICO CUTUMBA de Santiago de Cuba, to give dance and percussion workshops in Montreal, Canada this summer!

ADRIÁN LIMONTA, one of CUTUMBA’s lead dancers, and master percussionist and musical director, RAMÓN MARQUEZ, will be teaching classes in the popular dance and music traditions of RUMBA, SON and the sacred traditions of the YORUBA & Haitian VODU present in Cuba. Also included in the schedule: GAGÁ, ARARÁ, and the famous Santiago CARNAVAL and CONGAS/COMPARSAS! 

There will be live drumming accompaniment for the dance workshops.

This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to study Afro Cuban dance and music with esteemed artists of the traditions. CUTUMBA is particularly acclaimed for the preservation and authentic presentation of the cultural manifestations of Eastern (Oriente) Cuba.

In Montreal July 2 – August 3, 2005

For schedules, registration, and more details, contact Ramona at (514) 928-0562 or by email: worlddancegroup@yahoo.ca

Discography

Cutumba has recorded their music on various occasions. On compact disc their music can be found on: CUTUMBA BALLET FOLKLORICO (EGREM CD0256, 1997, Santiago de Cuba). This recording features Cutumba’s singers and musicians performing highlights from their repertoire, including music of the Yoruba tradition, vodún, gagá, merengue haitiano, tumba francesa, congas santiagueras, rumba (columbia and guaguancó). Traditional instruments of these manifestations are played by Cutumba’s masters on this quality CD. REAL RUMBA-La Rumba Está Buena (CORASON). Cutumba’s musicians and singers can also be heard on this CD recorded in Mexico.

One of the two Cutumba offerings on this CD was recorded with the legendary singer, Carlos Embales.

From Amazon, we have:

         

 

Schedule

2007

Afro-Cuban-Haitian Dance Workshops
with special guest, master dancer & teacher
 
José Carrión
of Ballet Folklórico Cutumba

de Santiago de Cuba
 
NOVEMBER 16th - 18th
Fri 6:30 -7:45 pm - Orishas
Fri 7:45 - 9:30 pm - Rumba 

Sat 2:00 -3:30 pm - Orishas
Sat 3:30 - 5:00pm – Afro-  Cuban-Haitian

Sun 2:00 - 3:30 pm – Afro-Cuban-Haitian
Sun 3:30 - 5:00 pm - Rumba

CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21)
18 W 18th Street #6
NY, NY 10011
 
$15/class or $75/6 classes
For more information, contact Nici @ 917.771.2098

2005

DIRECT FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA, THIS SUMMER IN MONTREAL, CANADA!

We are thrilled to welcome two members of the world renowned Afro-Cuban folkloric troupe, BALLET FOLKLORICO CUTUMBA de Santiago de Cuba, to give dance and percussion workshops in Montreal, Canada this summer!

ADRIÁN LIMONTA, one of CUTUMBA’s lead dancers, and master percussionist and musical director, RAMÓN MARQUEZ, will be teaching classes in the popular dance and music traditions of RUMBA, SON and the sacred traditions of the YORUBA & Haitian VODU present in Cuba. Also included in the schedule: GAGÁ, ARARÁ, and the famous Santiago CARNAVAL and CONGAS/COMPARSAS! 

There will be live drumming accompaniment for the dance workshops.

This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to study Afro Cuban dance and music with esteemed artists of the traditions. CUTUMBA is particularly acclaimed for the preservation and authentic presentation of the cultural manifestations of Eastern (Oriente) Cuba.

In Montreal July 9 – August 10, 2005

For schedules, registration, and more details, contact Ramona at (514) 928-0562 or by email: worlddancegroup@yahoo.ca

2002-2003 (updated 11/6/02)

Cutumba has just completed a successful US tour, they return to Cuba on 11/11. Two lead dancers will be in residence at the Center for Creative Education (CCE) in Stone Ridge, NY (near Albany) for ten days.

From January 4 to February 2, 2003, CCE will bring a group of Americans under license to Santiago, Cuba for a series of workshops.

Interested parties should contact
Robert Mann 
CCEdrums@aol.com

Visit their web site, www.ccedrums.org/cutumba/aboutcutumba.html, which will be updated  as details of their Santiago trip get posted after license approval, which is expected soon.

See Santiago, 1/4 - 2/2/03 for details on the next workshop.

Cutumba has been offering international workshops on Cuban music, dance and cultural history twice a year at their base in Santiago de Cuba, and company members have been invited to give master workshops in dance and percussion in Europe and North America. Among the noted teaching staff of Cutumba are:

Bertha Armiñán: Music and song

Ernesto Armiñán: Cultural history

Idalberto Bandera: Dance, new Director

Jose Carrión: Dance

Felix Navarro: Percussion

See also an interview with former Director Roberto Sánchez Vigñot

2002

CCE Drums on Cutumba May '02 schedule

As many of you know, we have been working for some time now to bring the entire Cutumba company to the states. Thanks to the good work of Chuck Davis and the people at BAM, this if finally becoming a reality. Here is their NY schedule:

Cutumba is teaching classes at the Mark Morris Dance Ctr on May 19 from 2-4 and 5:30-7:30 PM. You need to reserve space by calling 718-636-4130.

Performances are Friday, May 24 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, May 25 at 2 PM and again at 7:30 PM; Sunday, May 26 at 3 PM. For tix, call 718-636-4100 or www.BAM.org

We are also organizing a tour for the Company in the fall with performances and classes in NY, Philly, and Chicago for DanceAfrica. We still have some open dates and would like to do more shows if possible. 

Robert Mann 
CCEdrums@aol.com

See also www.ccedrums.org/cutumba/aboutcutumba.html

Santiago de Cuba

Sundays at 10:30 a.m., Cutumba offers an informal peña on the patio of the Teatro Oriente, their headquarters. Check with their office for evening performances, rehearsal schedule, local and international performance schedules.

Links

Interview with Cutumba Director, Roberto Sánchez Vigñot
http://www.qbania.com/rsv_1.htm

www.cubaescena.cult.cu/global/loader.php?&cat=agrupaciones&cont=showitem.php&item=105&seccion=agrupaciones


Contacting Cutumba

Contact them through their US rep

www.cubanfolkloricdance.com

 

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