Artists-In-Residence: Malpaso Dance Company + Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 11:30 am


LUNCH CONVERSATION WITH MALPASO DANCE COMPANY

Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor of History at Duke University, speaks with Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company founders Osnel Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Sáez and dancers about the company’s work and the arts in Cuba.

On the evenings of February 24 and 25, Malpaso and Arturo O’Farrill’s ten-piece Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble will bring to Duke the U.S. premiere of Dreaming of Lions, an evocation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella The Old Man and the Sea. Info and tickets available HERE.

Wednesday, February 22, 12 – 1 PM
Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153, Duke West Campus
Directions & Parking
Free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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IN CONVERSATION: MALPASO DANCE COMPANY + ARTURO O’FARRILL

Arturo O’Farrill, GRAMMY-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader, will discuss his collaboration with founding members of the Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company, Osnel Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Sáez. Duke Performances Associate Director and GRAMMY-winning producer Eric Oberstein will moderate this conversation, touching on, among other topics, the evolving relationship between Cuba and the United States following the restoration of diplomatic relations.

On the evenings of February 24 and 25, Malpaso and O’Farrill’s ten-piece Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble will bring to Duke the U.S. premiere of Dreaming of Lions, an evocation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella The Old Man and the Sea. Info and tickets available HERE.

Friday, February 24, 12 – 1:15 PM
Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chem, Duke West Campus (Directions)
Free & open to the public; a light lunch will be served for all attendees starting at 11:45 AM.

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AFRO CUBAN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP with VINCE CHERICO & CARLOS MALDONADO

Vince Cherico and Carlos Maldonado, GRAMMY-winning members of Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, lead a dynamic workshop for Duke students and community members on playing Afro Cuban rhythms.

Registration required. Sign up HERE.
Participants encouraged to bring their own conga drums.
Questions: E-mail Eric Oberstein at eric.oberstein@duke.edu.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble join Havana’s Malpaso Dance Company to present the U.S. premiere of Dreaming of Lions, an evocation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella, The Old Man and the Sea, on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at Reynolds Industries Theater. Info and tickets available HERE.

Saturday, February 25, 11:30 AM – 1PM
Baldwin Auditorium, Duke East Campus (Directions)
Free & open to the public.

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Thanks to thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the prodigiously talented Malpaso Dance Company of Havana has started to appear more frequently on American stages. Central to Malpaso’s rising profile is their relationship with the New York-based Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has won two GRAMMY awards under bandleader Arturo O’Farrill. The ten-piece Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (ALJE), featuring members of the Orchestra, “embraces music from across the Americas, playing all of its diverse material with the same precision and fire it brings to a mambo workout” (The New York Times).

Malpaso and the ALJE come to Duke with the U.S. premiere of Dreaming of Lions, in which ten musicians and ten dancers present an evening-length evocation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella The Old Man and the Sea. Choreographer Osnel Delgado draws on ballet and Cuban dance in depicting the tale of a fisherman’s quest to catch an elusive marlin, using a different movement vocabulary to delineate each character in the story. The work wrestles with themes of honor, determination, and loss through one man’s crusade for victory in the unrelenting sea.
Lunch Conversation with Malpaso Dance Company is presented in collaboration with the Duke University Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the Dance Program at Duke University.

In Conversation: Malpaso Dance Company + Arturo O’Farrill is a part of Talking Music & Dance: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars & Publics.

Afro Cuban Percussion Workshop is presented by Duke Performances and the Duke Department of Music, in collaboration with Bradley Simmons and the Duke University Afro Cuban and Djembe Ensembles.

Made possible, in part, with a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts & the North Carolina Arts Council, & support from the Dance Program at Duke University.

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