Cuba-Danzon Festival Begins

Matanzas, Cuba, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) With a show by the Danza Espiral company, the Cuba-Danzon Festival Matanzas 2016 has begun today, dedicated to the genre that emerged 137 years ago and is considered as the Cuban national dance.

The director of the company, Lilian Padron, who is also responsible for the artistic direction of the night’s event, told Prensa Latina that she based the choreography on musical works by Matanzas authors, several of which are dedicated to poet Jose Jacinto Milanes.

The former Artistic and Literary Lyceum in Matanzas, at present the Jose White Concert Hall of the city, which is located about 100 kilometers east of Havana, will be the ideal site of the opening ceremony because danzon was played there to the public for the first time at a party.

‘Las Alturas de Simpson’, named after a slum of the town, was released on January 1st, 1879. The piece was performed by its creator, composer Miguel Failde, born in Matanzas, with a typical accompanying orchestra.

The beginning of the contest, consisting of two competitive days, is scheduled for tomorrow. The jury includes members of the dance culture and representatives of Cuban associations that are friends of this dance, organizers said.

As is the tradition, the Festival, scheduled until November 20th, will also have a Theoretical Event in which musicologists, researchers, teachers and specialists of this Cuban and Latin American musical genre will participate.

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