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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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My Experience and Experiments in Caribbean Dance

My Experience and Experiments in Caribbean Dance

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(p.49) 4 My Experience and Experiments in Caribbean Dance
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Making Caribbean Dance
Author(s):
Ramiro Guerra, Melinda Mousouris
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0004

Ramiro Guerra, the fountainhead of Cuban modern dance, looks back on this life and work, from his childhood in Havana in the 1930s, to becoming a dancer and beginning to transcend the conventions of dance and theater, to his innovative work as the founder of Cuba's national modern dance company, Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna, now called Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. After a daring site-specific piece of his was suspended by the government in 1971, Guerra left the company to explore Cuban folklore, gesture, and humor, to choreograph for other companies such as Danza Voluminosa and Danza Libre, and to write about dance. He continued to choreograph highly experimental works such as “De la Memoria Fragmentada” and “Ordalias,” which used unusual spaces, including his own apartment tower.

Keywords:   Ramiro Guerra, Cuban modern dance, Havana, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Cuban gesture, Cuban humor, Danza Voluminosa, Danza Libre, De la Memoria Fragmentada, Ordalias

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