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Interview on YouTube: Juan Garcia interviews noted percussionist Chachá, 10/2006. A big thanks to Kabiosile  for making this possible -- from their new DVD, El Lenguaje del Tambor


Contacting Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia Fernández

Juan Garcia is a choreographer and an ethnologist.   His work is based in a life spent as an artist working with the major folkloric groups. He was director of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, Cuba's premier national dance and music group, from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that he was the Assesor Folklorico of the Conjunto, the person who verifies the authenticity of the folkloric material.

Juan Garcia studied ethnology & folklore at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore, Cuban Academy of Sciences

He has worked as:

Soloist, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, where he entered in 1966
Professor of Folklore
Professor of Fokloric Dance, Escuela Media Superior

Asesor de Folklore in the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
                                       Conjunto Folklorico de la Universidad de la Havana
                                       Conjunto Foklorico de Oriente (Santiago de Cuba)
                                       Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
                                       Afro-Cuba de Matanzas

The Asesor de Foklore advises on what is authentic in the folklore.

Choreographer and Artistic Director of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

Conferences given:

Poland, England, Perú, Guyana, Havana (University of Havana), and the Dominican   Republic (University of Santo Domingo)

Juan Garcia has traversed the different artistic levels as dancer, singer, and actor, accumulating the experience needed to interprete the various roles in the major classical works and in the repertory of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional.

Participated in the following works:

Ciclo Yoruba Ciclo Yoruba Iyesá
Ciclo Congo Ciclo de rumbas y comparsas
Oyá Apalencado
Trio de Oshún Guateque
La Chancleta Polirritmia
Elegbá Hecho Historia
el Cabildo de Regla Tríptico Oriental
Alafin de Oyó Coronación de un Congo
Revolución de Aponte El Plante
Maria Antonia Baroko
El Rey Cristobal Comparsera
Cecilia Valdés Trinitaria
Tumba Francesa Palenque
Chango y Oyá Mitos
Obitiko Aña: un tambor a la sabiduria

Worked as dance professor and instructor for the following organizations and events:

Escuala Nacional de Arte Escuela de Danzas de las Villas
Universidad de la Havana Universidad Central de las Villas
XI Festival de la Juventud Festival del Caribe CARIFESTA
Carnivals, Santiago de Cuba Carnivals, Havana (Rescue of the Traditional Comparsa)

Has been on tour representing Cuba in numerous countries, at events such as:

Youth & Student Festival, Germany Humanité Festival, Paris, France
Festival of German Television, Eurovision, '76 Modern Dance Festival, Milan, Florence, Italy, '77
Festival de Dijon, France, '75 Festival de Barquesimeto, Venezuela
Festival de Arequipa, Perú, '74, '84 Festivales de Cervantino, México '74, '78, '82
Billigan Festival, England Festival de Mogullon, France
Festival de Folklore de Managua, Nicaragua

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