MalPaso modern dance

Malpaso Dance company Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba is known for their dance! Talk about an island of talent! Our group focus was driven by the Key West Literary Seminar, so Cuban culture and education is a part of the mission. In addition to our humanitarian objective, to bring medical supplies, our focus was to learn about Cuban culture, history and so Vik and Tony provided a front row seat to the day-to-day accomplishments and players in Cuba’s state of the arts.

MalPaso is a great dance company. On the day of our private rehearsal performance, two out of three of the founders of the company were there to greet us and to introduce the dancers following the performance.

Malpaso Dance company, Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Bravo! Nice show! Beautiful choreography, beautifully danced. The Malpaso dance company rehearses at the Sephardic Hebrew Center of Cuba on a minimal stage. The lighting was perfect the day they shared their new work. The company has a strong ballet background and the piece they performed was as metaphorical and performance as it was traditional. The company is on their way to the Joyce Theatre in NYC. Seeing this rehearsal was exciting because they are close to their performance date so they were great. Polished. Ready.

Small world’s come together as I learn that there is a connection between MalPaso and Zenon Dance company in Minneapolis, MN. They are on on their way to New York City to perform at the Joyce Theatre!

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Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.