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CubaCaribe Festival of Dance & Music: Mouth of the Shark (World Premiere)

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CubaCaribe, now celebrating its 20th season, announced its 17th Annual Festival of Dance & Music featuring two weeks of world premieres, performances, master classes, and celebrations at venues in San Francisco. The first weekend features performances of Mouth of a Shark, a world premiere choreographed and directed by CubaCaribe Artistic Director and Co-Founder Ramon Ramos Alayo and performed by Alayo Dance Company. A reflection on the lives of immigrants, Mouth of A Shark is inspired in part by Somali poet Warsan Shire's poem, Home. It will incorporate the choreographer's extensive knowledge of Afro-Cuban dance forms into a conceptual framework of the dual identities of immigrants. It is also informed by the time Alayo spent in his birthplace of Santiago, Cuba in 2020 and 2021, working with young professional dancers from Danza del Caribe, the company he danced with before immigrating to the US. Opening night (March 31) will feature a Post Show Q & A and Reception with Alayo and award winning filmmaker, producer and cinematographer Reinier Char0n Morales from Santiago de Cuba.

"Dance, music and art proved more important than ever, enabling a way to communally gather, to be a part of something larger than ourselves and to share, a way to express emotional struggles and joys," explains Alayo.

CubaCaribe was co-founded in 2003 by visual artist/dancer Jamaica Itule and Alayo on the principle that dance, music and visual art have the power to unite people of diverse perspectives, and in order to tap into the large talent pool represented by the significant community of Cuban and Caribbean artists who live and practice in the Bay Area. CubaCaribe fosters greater understanding and appreciation of Caribbean arts and culture. The annual CubaCaribe Festival is highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora.

$25-$35.

Presented by CubaCaribe.
CubaCaribe, now celebrating its 20th season, announced its 17th Annual Festival of Dance & Music featuring two weeks of world premieres, performances, master classes, and celebrations at venues in San Francisco. The first weekend features performances of Mouth of a Shark, a world premiere choreographed and directed by CubaCaribe Artistic Director and Co-Founder Ramon Ramos Alayo and performed by Alayo Dance Company. A reflection on the lives of immigrants, Mouth of A Shark is inspired in part by Somali poet Warsan Shire's poem, Home. It will incorporate the choreographer's extensive knowledge of Afro-Cuban dance forms into a conceptual framework of the dual identities of immigrants. It is also informed by the time Alayo spent in his birthplace of Santiago, Cuba in 2020 and 2021, working with young professional dancers from Danza del Caribe, the company he danced with before immigrating to the US. Opening night (March 31) will feature a Post Show Q & A and Reception with Alayo and award winning filmmaker, producer and cinematographer Reinier Char0n Morales from Santiago de Cuba.

"Dance, music and art proved more important than ever, enabling a way to communally gather, to be a part of something larger than ourselves and to share, a way to express emotional struggles and joys," explains Alayo.

CubaCaribe was co-founded in 2003 by visual artist/dancer Jamaica Itule and Alayo on the principle that dance, music and visual art have the power to unite people of diverse perspectives, and in order to tap into the large talent pool represented by the significant community of Cuban and Caribbean artists who live and practice in the Bay Area. CubaCaribe fosters greater understanding and appreciation of Caribbean arts and culture. The annual CubaCaribe Festival is highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora.

$25-$35.

Presented by CubaCaribe.
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