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Dancing with Cuba

Dancing with Cuba

A Memoir of the Revolution

  • Author: Alma Guillermoprieto
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307425444
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary); her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness. Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval, Guillermoprieto found in Cuba a people whose sense of purpose touched her forever. In this electrifying memoir, Guillermoprieto–now an award-winning journalist and arguably one of our finest writers on Latin America– resurrects a time when dancers and revolutionaries seemed to occupy the same historical stage and even a floor exercise could be a profoundly political act. Exuberant and elegiac, tender and unsparing, Dancing with Cuba is a triumph of memory and feeling. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Contemporary Dance in Cuba

Contemporary Dance in Cuba

Tecnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement

  • Author: Suki John
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786449012
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 231
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The lens of dance can provide a multifaceted view of the present-day Cuban experience. Cuban contemporary dance, or tecnica cubana as it is known throughout Latin America, is a highly evolved hybrid of ballet, North American modern dance, Afro-Cuban tradition, flamenco and Cuban nightclub cabaret. Unlike most dance forms, tecnica was created intentionally with government backing. For Cuba, a dancing country, it was natural--and highly effective--for the Revolutionary regime to link national image with the visceral power of dance. Written by a dancer who traveled and worked in Cuba from the 1970s to the present, this book provides an inside look at daily life in Cuba. From watching the great Alicia Alonso, to describing the economic trials of the 1990s "Special Period," the author uses history, humor, personal experience, rich description and extensive interviews to reveal contemporary life and dance in Cuba.

She Is Cuba

She Is Cuba

A Genealogy of the Mulata Body

  • Author: Melissa Blanco Borelli
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199968179
  • Category: Racially mixed people
  • Page: 240
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She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body traces the history of the Cuban mulata and her association with hips, sensuality and popular dance. It examines how the mulata choreographs her racialised identity through her hips and enacts an embodied theory called hip(g)nosis. By focusing on her living and dancing body in order to flesh out the process of identity formation, this book makes a claim for how subaltern bodies negotiate a cultural identity that continues to mark their bodies on a daily basis. Combining literary and personal narratives with historical and theoretical accounts of Cuban popular dance history, religiosity and culture, this work investigates the power of embodied exchanges: bodies watching, looking, touching and dancing with one another. It sets up a genealogy of how the representations and venerations of the dancing mulata continue to circulate and participate in the volatile political and social economy of contemporary Cuba.

Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance

Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance

Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba

  • Author: Umi Vaughan
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 047211848X
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 203
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An ethnography of music and dance exploring the economic, social, and ideological constraints under which social classes and racial groups interact

Cuba Update

Cuba Update

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cuba
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On Becoming Cuban

On Becoming Cuban

Identity, Nationality, and Culture

  • Author: Louis A. Pérez Jr.
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469601419
  • Category: History
  • Page: 608
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With this masterful work, Louis A. Perez Jr. transforms the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. On Becoming Cuban is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959. Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources--from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures--Perez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, Perez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.

Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba

Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba

  • Author: Dr Moshe Morad
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1472448197
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 312
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The ‘Special Period’ in Cuba was an extended era of economic depression starting in the early 1990s, characterized by the collapse of revolutionary values and social norms, and a way of life conducted by improvised solutions for survival, including hustling and sex-work. During this time there developed a thriving, though constantly harassed and destabilized, clandestine gay scene (known as the ‘ambiente’). In the course of eight visits between 1995 and 2007, the last dozen years of Fidel Castro’s reign, Moshe Morad became absorbed in Havana’s gay scene, where he created a wide social network, attended numerous secret gatherings-from clandestine parties to religious rituals-and observed patterns of behavior and communication. He discovered the role of music in this scene as a marker of identity, a source of queer codifications and identifications, a medium of interaction, an outlet for emotion and a way to escape from a reality of scarcity, oppression and despair. Morad identified and conducted his research in different types of ‘musical space,’ from illegal clandestine parties held in changing locations, to ballet halls, drag-show bars, private living-rooms and kitchens and santería religious ceremonies. In this important study, the first on the subject, he argues that music plays a central role in providing the physical, emotional, and conceptual spaces which constitute this scene and in the formation of a new hybrid ‘gay identity’ in Special-Period Cuba.

Travels in North America During the Years 1834, 1835 & 1836

Travels in North America During the Years 1834, 1835 & 1836

Including a Summer Residence with the Pawnee Tribe of Indians in the Remote Prairies of the Missouri and a Visit to Cuba and the Azore Islands

  • Author: Sir Charles Augustus Murray
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Pawnee Indians
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Travels in North America During the Years 1834, 1835 & 1836

Travels in North America During the Years 1834, 1835 & 1836

Including ... a Visit to Cuba and the Azore Islands

  • Author: Charles Augustus Murray
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Cuban Ballet

Cuban Ballet

  • Author: Octavio Roca
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith
  • ISBN: 1423615409
  • Category: Art
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Just as Russian dancers defected from the former Soviet Union in the 1970s, Cuban dancers are now fleeing Castro's regime in droves. Their unique style of ballet is galvanizing the world of dance. This beautifully illustrated book explores the history of Cuban ballet by focusing on the life and career of the indomitable Alicia Alonso. The author also spotlights many of the young dancers who are now part of the growing Cuban Diaspora and who are changing the face of ballet: Lorena Feijoo, Lorna Feijoo, Joan Boada, Taras Domitro, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Carlos Acosta to name but a few.

Music, Popular Culture, Identities

Music, Popular Culture, Identities

  • Author: Richard Young
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9789042012493
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 360
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Music, Popular Culture, Identities is a collection of sixteen essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers with interests in popular culture and music, cultural studies, and ethnomusicology. Organized around the central theme of music as an expression of local, ethnic, social and other identities, the essays touch upon popular traditions and contemporary forms from several different regions of the world: political engagement in Italian popular music; flamenco in Spain; the challenge of traditional music in Bulgaria; boerenrock and rap in Holland; Israeli extreme heavy metal; jazz and pop in South Africa, and musical hybridity and politics in Côte d'Ivoire. The collection includes essays about Latin America: on the Mexican corrido, the Caribbean, popular dance music in Cuba, and bossanova from Brazil. Communities of a cultural diaspora in North America are discussed in essays on Somali immigrant and refugee youth and Iranians in exile in the US. Grounded in cultural theory and a specialized knowledge of a particular popular musical practice, each author has written a critical study on the mix of music and identity in a particular social practice and context.

Latin and Caribbean Dance

Latin and Caribbean Dance

  • Author: Margaret Musmon,Elizabeth A. Hanley,Jacques D'Amboise
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 160413481X
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 120
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Introduces the history, religious significance, national styles, and basic steps of traditional dance from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves

  • Author: Sheenagh Pietrobruno
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 9780739114681
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 243
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The Bird-of-Prey is the classic Klingon starship-a tough raiding and scouting vessel that has served at the heart of the Klingon Defense Force for more than a hundred years. Life on board is harsh and brutal, with any sign of weakness leading to a challenge to the death. The ship itself is stripped back and lean, with everything designed for a single purpose-war. This Haynes Manual traces the origins of a Bird-of-Prey from the moment it is commissioned by one of the Great Houses and constructed at the shipyards of the Klingon Naval Academy. It then proceeds to examine General Martok's famous ship the I.K.S. Rotarran in unprecedented detail. Featuring a stunning cutaway drawing and, for the first time ever, detailed deck plans and incredible new computer-generated artwork, the Haynes Bird-of-Prey Manual is a technical tour of the ship's systems, from the bridge and engineering rooms to the disruptors, torpedo launcher, and the all-important cloaking device. In addition, the Manual provides a unique insight into life on board a Klingon ship and the Rotarran's glorious history in the Dominion War. This Haynes Manual is fully authorized by CBS. All the new artwork has been designed by STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and STAR TREK: VOYAGER's senior illustrator Rick Sternbach, who is the world's leading expert on STAR TREK technology, with CG renders produced by STAR TREK VFX artist Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz.

Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895

Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895

  • Author: Jill Lane
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 288
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Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895 offers a critical history of the relation between racial impersonation, national sentiment, and the emergence of an anticolonial public sphere in nineteenth-century Cuba. Through a study of Cuba's vernacular theatre, the teatro bufo, and of related forms of music, dance, and literature, Lane argues that blackface performance was a primary site for the development of mestizaje, Cuba's racialized national ideology, in which African and Cuban become simultaneously mutually exclusive and mutually formative. Popular with white Cuban-born audiences during the period of Cuba's anticolonial wars, the teatro bufo was celebrated for combining Spanish elements with supposedly African rhythms and choreography. Its wealth of short comic plays developed a well-loved repertory of blackface stock characters, from the negrito to the mulata, played by white actors in blackface. Lane contends that these practices were embraced by white audiences as especially national forms that helped define Cuba's opposition to Spain, at the same time that they secured prevailing racial hierarchies for a future Cuban nation. Comparing the teatro bufo to related forms of racial representation, particularly those created by black Cubans in theatres and in the press, Lane analyzes performance as a form of social contestation through which an emergent Cuban national community struggled over conflicting visions of race and nation.

The Cuba review

The Cuba review

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Dancing with Shadows

Dancing with Shadows

  • Author: Shiraz Pradhan
  • Publisher: Partridge Publishing
  • ISBN: 1482835959
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 342
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Scientific determinism, Tarot cards, Cinema, Music, Love, and Quantum Physics. The narrator negotiates love, murder, and war in this captivating philosophical journey. Pradhan is exceptional in showing the narrator's holistic approach to understanding. Quantum physics and love. A united theory of everything? It is an idealistic adolescent goal, and this is what makes Dancing with Shadows so interesting. This is a coming of age story of a young man in East Africa whose intuition tells him that these things are all connected. In his growing self-awareness and world weariness, he is obsessed with connecting the dots of his life in order to reveal some profound significance (i. e. the "music of God"). Who hasn't pondered such questions? How is my life unique or significant? How much more would life mean to me if I understood, say, the music of God...and what is the music of God? Although he is a young man continually preoccupied with sex and love, he is essentially a philosopher. He wants to understand things such as the life application of a quantum wave collapse or the difference between sex and love. This story is a Hamlet-esque self-portrait in his constant questioning. It echoes the uncertain and awkward, yet outwardly confident manner of Holden Caulfield. But above all, this story made me think of the kind quest for mystical self-importance that I recall from Joyce's narrator in "Araby."

The Theatre of Black Americans

The Theatre of Black Americans

A Collection of Critical Essays

  • Author: Errol Hill
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN: 1476841578
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 384
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(Applause Books). From the origins of the Negro spiritual and the birth of the Harlem Renaissance to the emergence of a national black theatre movement, The Theatre of Black Americans offers a penetrating look at a black art form that has exploded into an American cultural institution. Among the essays: James Hatch Some African Influences on the Afro-American Theatre; Shelby Steele Notes on Ritual in the New Black Theatre; Sister M. Francesca Thompson OSF The Lafayette Players; Ronald Ross The Role of Blacks in the Federal Theatre.

Cuba

Cuba

True Stories

  • Author: Tom Miller
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales
  • ISBN: 1932361103
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 295
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In this collection of essays, the essence of Cuba's intriguing past and vibrant present is captured, including Dave Eggers's essay on hitchhikers, Patrick Symmes's search for Che Guevara, and other works by Stephen Benz, Ruth Behar, Eliseo Alberto, and others. Original.

Dancing Wisdom

Dancing Wisdom

Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomblé

  • Author: Yvonne Daniel
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 9780252029660
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 324
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Landmark interdisciplinary study of religious systems through their dance performances; Concentrating on the Caribbean Basin and the coastal area of northeast South America, Yvonne Daniel considers three African-derived religious systems that rely heavily on dance behavior--Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahamian Candomble. Combining her background in dance and anthropology to parallel the participant/scholar dichotomy inherent to dancing's embodied knowledge, Daniel examines these misunderstood and oppressed performative dances in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, ethics, and aesthetics.