What a way to cap off the season! Malpaso Dance Company brought its Cuban take on contemporary dance to Citi Shubert Theatre on May 14 and 15. The company’s Boston debut featured three captivating works, including company co-founder and choreographer Osnel Delgado’s 24 Hours and a Dog, set to live music by the Grammy-winning composer and bandleader, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Following Sunday’s performance, Peter DiMuro of Cambridge’s The Dance Complex led an insightful talk with the co-founders and composer, exploring topics from the company’s “great marriage of live music and dance” to the impact Cuba’s political changes have had on the troupe.
When asked how the first collaboration with Malpaso Dance Company came together, O’Farrill described what began as a casual inquiry from the troupe: “The next thing I knew I was in Havana and [Executive Director Fernando Sáez] had come up to me and said ‘we’ve done a little something with your music.’ I went to their practice hall and they had mounted this incredible ballet, and I couldn’t hold back the tears because it was so beautiful.”
The company closed both performances with 24 Hours and a Dog, a 40-minute work inspired by the streets of Havana that incorporates original music by O’Farrill and finds the dancers in a piece where “there is no such thing as a solo on stage because of [their] relationship to the audience or to the music,” observed DiMuro. Building off of the work’s success, O’Farrill is now working with the dance company on a new project.
Celebrity Series’ photographer Robert Torres captured a variety of moments from the opening night performance, featuring scenes from Ocaso, Under Fire and 24 Hours and a Dog. Scroll down to enjoy!
Choreography: Osnel Delgado
Music: Autechre, “Parallel Suns”
Kronos Quartet, “White Man Sleeps, Track 2”
Max Richter, “Sunlight”
Under Fire (2015)
Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Music: Grandma Kelsey
Download select music from the piece on Grandma Kelsey’s BandCamp page
24 Hours and a Dog (2013)
Choreography: Osnel Delgado, in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Arturo O’Farrill
PHOTOS: ROBERT TORRES