A new center for the promotion of dancing in Cuba
- Submitted by: admin
- 11 / 04 / 2006
After the Brownstone Foundation launches its appeal, outstanding artists from the United States and Europe donated their works in VHS and DVD formats. The French choreographer and dancer Mathilde Monnier, Director of the French Choreographic Center in Montpellier, sent us about twenty pieces that gather a twenty year-period of work and research. Famous US artist, Bill T. Jones with his Arnie Zane Dance Company, as well as the French Daniel Larrieu, Catherine Bay and Christian Rizzo Association Fragile, also donated several materials to the Video's collection. Besides, there are works of paradigmatic artists within the history of dancing, such as Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham, which will be freely available to the public.
This collaboration project between the Brownstone Foundation and the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts (CNAE, in Spanish) is part of a new era that involve research, production and artistic promoting centers of the world. Henceforth, the institutions that promote the exchange among the professionals of dancing will carry out highly beneficial actions for all.
NOEMI's projection room has conceived a program that covers theme cycles, master lectures, stages, etc, which focus their attention on the body practices, movement and dancing. To this add registering art work, video-dancing and works of Cuban authors, the funds from the South American Dancing Network, the Mercosur's Video Dancing Circuit, and the ITAU Cultural Dança (from Brazil), among others, that show the high development of the artistic expressions in our Continent.
Taking into account the respect to the author's right and to the intellectual property, the films that make up the funds of NOEMI's Video room, as well as its corresponding exhibition, are carefully cured and protected.
During the opening ceremony, Sr. Gilbert Brownstone expressed his "loyal dedication and satisfaction for contributing with social benefit projects in Cuba". He also asserted that the Foundation will continue donating materials to increase the archives of the new facility.
With the presence of Gisela Gonzalez, Vice-President of the CNAE; Santiago Alfonso, Dancing National Award Winner; Olga Beatriz Perez, Director of the Havana Dancing Center, and some artists, critics, researchers and students, the doors of the place were opened to the public. Without any doubt, Havana counts, from now on, with a more desire and necessary conquest.
NOEMI's Projection Room
Seminar: El cuerpo como huella -The body as a path
Professor: Susana Tambutti (from Argentina)
November 13th, 14th and 15th, at 10 AM
Introduction to the work of Mathilde Monnier (French Dancer, Choreographer and Director of the National Choreographic Center Languedoc-Roussillon in Montpellier, France)
-Ecstasy (1985), Mort de rire (1987), Chinoiserie (1991), November 21st, 22nd and 23rd, at 3 PM
Address: Havana Dancing Center, Prado, No. 111, b/ Genio y Refugio, Old Havana.