Habana Compas Dance to Debut in the United States

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 8 (acn) Cuba’s Habana Compas Dance Company, distinguished by combining the essence of Spanish dance with Afro-Cuban rhythms, will debut in the United States on April 22, announced in this capital on Monday its director and choreographer, Liliet Rivera.

During a meeting with reporters at the headquarters of the group founded in 2004 in Havana, Rivera said that the Straz Center of Florida will host the performance of the group, by way of the show Fusion y Pasion.

After successful presentations in Turkey, France, South Korea and Mexico, the company, musically directed by Cuban percussionist Eduardo Cordova, uses instruments such as congas, bongos and bata and jembe drums.

Drumsticks, castanets, heels, claves, chequeres and percussive chairs also characterize the performances of the ensemble which, through dance, preserves a large part of the island’s African and Spanish cultural heritage.

The talented dancers of Havana Compass Dance, composed of some thirty artists, become musicians, who also make choirs.

More classical instruments like piano, flute and bass also find a place in the group, which plans to perform in September at the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater.

The work of Habana Compas Dance attracts international personalities of the field of culture. U.S. singer Usher and the vocalist of the British band The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, have visited its headquarters.

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