This is a five-minute video of work samples from the 8th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music, which took place April 18-29, 2012. Performance clips include the following:
Week One: Poder Popular
Clip 1: Alafia Dance Ensemble
Founded 15 years ago by Valerie Watson, and is based out of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) dance program. Alafia works for the Bay Area community to inspire others. The performance presented at the 2012 CubaCaribe Festival was directed and choreographed by Mariella Susana Morales.
Clip 2: Aguacero
Aguacero is founded and directed by Shefali Shah with musical direction by Hector Lugo and the collaboration of Bay Area artists practicing, studying, and performing Bomba and other Puerto Rican folkloric traditions. Aguacero is a performance and education project focusing on the traditions and contemporary creative expressions of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance. Bomba is a living cultural music and dance form born in the sugar cane plantations of Puerto Rico over three hundred years ago. Used as a form of resistance and relief, Bomba provided a setting for enslaved Africans and Puerto Ricans to creatively express what they were living through daily as well as an organized means of rebellion against colonial powers.
Clip 3: Arenas Dance Company
Arenas Dance Company is a Cuban folkloric and popular dance company directed by Cuban-born Susana Arenas Pedroso. Susana Arenas Pedroso began her artistry in dance at age 12 when she took the opportunity to study at the Casa de la Cultura inMatanzas, Cuba, and began dancing professionally with Terra Virgen in 1991 and in 1992 she joined the theater and dance troupe Alafia Ire. She danced with Oched Olorum in 1993, and in 1994 she joined world renowned Compania Folklorica Raices Profundas as a soloist.
Week Two: Oil and Water
Clip 4: Alayo Dance Company
Alayo Dance Company, CubaCaribe’s resident dance company, unveils a new work, Oil & Water (2012) In this new work, choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo and his diverse performers presented a new work built about the recent oil spills in the gulf coast. The piece drew on the strong histories of Santería, mixing Modern dance vocabulary and live Cuban Folkloric music in a unique ritual. The Orisha Yemaya, who is the Yoruban deity of the Ocean and Salt Waters, symbolized the ocean. Susana Arenas Pedroso performed the part of Yemaya.
Footage: Jenny Chu
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