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Malpaso Dance Company

In the eleven years since its establishment, Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana.

An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso — together with The Joyce — has commissioned original works from a number of prominent North American choreographers, including Ronald K. Brown (Why You Follow), Trey McIntyre (Under Fire), Aszure Barton (Indomitable Waltz and Stillness in Bloom), Emmy-award winning Sonya Tayeh (Face the Torrent),  Robyn Mineko Williams (Elemental), and Ephrat Asherie (Floor… y ando!).

As a means of fostering Cuban choreographers, Malpaso recently has also premiered works by company member Daile Carrazana (Lullaby for Insomnia, Habanera, and La Última Canción), bolstering the list of pieces by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, notably Ocaso, 24 Hours and a Dog, and Dreaming of Lions, which are often accompanied live by Grammy award-winning, Cuban-American composer/pianist Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Osnel’s most recent creation, A Dancing Island, was developed in collaboration with composers Alejandro Falcón, Ted Nash and the Cubadentro Trio.


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