March 16-18, 2018
The National Theatre
Presented as The Cleveland Havana Ballet, the Verb Ballets and ProDanza will perform shared repertory program highlighting the unique styles of American and Cuban ballet at The National Theatre in Havana, Cuba. Baila juntos or Dance together is the symbolic of this groundbreaking international collaboration. Cuban ballet has been at the pinnacle of international dance for years and Cuba continues to produce some of the ballet world’s best dancers. Bringing Verb Ballets to Cuba for the first time is an enormous cultural exchange and will integrate American dancers to the very best of Cuba’s ballet scene. Verb Ballets will showcase works by American choreographers to highlight the unique melt of classical technic with modern movement.
March 16-18, 2018
National Theatre of Cuba,
Paseo y 39
Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba
This international collaboration is support by
ProDanza and Verb Ballets will join forces in an international collaboration to form the Cleveland Havana Ballet. Starring the dancers of Verb Ballets of the United States led by Dr. Margaret Carlson, and Havana’s ProDanza under the direction Laura Alonso, this cultural exchange is a groundbreaking partnership supported through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion initiative. This significant collaboration will encompass performances in Cuba by the combined companies in March 2018. Bringing Verb Ballets to Cuba for the first time is an enormous cultural exchange and will integrate American dancers to the very best of Cuba’s ballet scene.
Verb Ballets is a contemporary ballet company that presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. For the past 30 years the company has fostered dance appreciation and nurtured wellness through movement in outreach and education programs. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch.
ProDanza Center in Havana, Cuba was founded by world renown dancer and teacher, Laura Alonso. The technique of the prestigious Cuban school of ballet is an offshoot of the specialized teaching department of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. The company founded in 1995, presented annually more than one hundred functions in three theaters. The company has traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Guadeloupe and Jamaica. The full repertoire of ballets the company includes: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Corsair, The Swan Lake, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Sylphide, The Three Musketeers, Dracula, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges Yarini, as well as programs Pas de deux concerts with classical and original works by contemporary choreographers.