Q&A with the dancers from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

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Thais Suarez

Where did you learn to dance?
I studied at the National School of dance in Havana

Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Caimito, Cuba

What or who are your biggest influences?
My mother and my family introduced me to dance and then I fell in love with it

What is the most enjoyable part of the process for you?
I like the devising process, improvising, developing the scene

What is special about Cuban contemporary dance?
It is a great fusion between the techniques and influences of the world, with the usual Cuban touch: Folk dance, modern Cuban technique etc. They always appear somehow in our style.

What makes a good dancer? Technique/musicality etc…
Musicality is essential for me, but I believe that they are all important, also experience and technique gives you the tools to do any type of dance…

How do you keep your performance fresh?
Watching all kinds of dance, searching within myself and improvising


Lisvet Barcia

Where did you learn to dance?
Institute Superiors de Arte (ISA)

Where did you grow up?
Granma, Cuba

What or who are your biggest influences?
Diversions Dance Company

How do you think the UK will react to the show?
They’ll love it!

Who else would you like to work with?
Madonnna, Pina Bausch and Sasha Waltz

What is the most enjoyable part of the process for you?
Personal creation of movement and mind-body exploration

What is special about Cuban contemporary dance?
Our technique and the fusion of various contemporary techniques

Which other contemporary dance companies do you like?
Pina Bausch, Sasha Waltz

What makes a good dancer? Technique/musicality etc…
Those and more

How do you keep your performance fresh?
Working and teaching

What makes a good choreographer/choreography
A good understanding of the choreographic process, intelligence, a modern perspective and a sensitivity

Tell us something you found interesting about the process of making this repertoire
Developing my physical and mental capabilities.


Jenny Nocedo

Where did you learn to dance?
The National School of Dance, Cuba

Where did you grow up?
Cienfuego

What or who are your biggest influences?
My feelings and experiences, and my mother

How do you think the UK will react to the show?
It will be impressive! With lots of love….

Who else would you like to work with?
With actors, and with dancers from other companies around the world

What is the most enjoyable part of the process for you?
The get-in on stage, setting the scene

What is special about Cuban contemporary dance?
The incredible dancers

Which other contemporary dance companies do you like?
Wim Vandekeybus
Ultima Vez
Sasha Waltz
Pina Bausch