In 2004, four dancers from the Ballet Lizt Alfonso took the decision to launch themselves in search of new horizons, which led to the creation of Habana Compas Dance, under the general direction of the choreographer and dancer Liliet Rivera.
Shortly afterwards with the help of Eduardo Córdova, musical director of the group, they begin to merge Cuban music, dance and percussion with a unique style in Cuba and the world.
The initial dream of Habana Compas
Already through the mix of Afro-Cuban and contemporary rhythms with flamenco dancing and other Spanish dances, Habana Compas was the living example of Cuban idiosyncrasy. However, the inclusion of percussion in the repertoire made them achieve that dream of being completely different from what was done in Cuban music and dances.
The proposal of Eduardo Cordova of the presentations with stools as a percussion instrument has since been its most characteristic seal.
On the other hand, the director Liliet Rivera recognises the challenge of separating from the styles that already knew and catch more artists in their novel fantasy to establish the current format of 24 dancers, 2 dancers and 7 musicians. But success accompanied each step and nowadays where Cordova puts the percussion and the rhythm, she creates the dances, elaborating a careful and spectacular result of artistic reciprocity.
Habana Compas a different style around the world
The unparalleled style of Habana Compas has made it applauded in stages of the United States, Mexico, Chile, Turkey and South Korea, among others. With their show Fusion and Passion toured during 2016 several countries in Latin America, in addition to Canada and again the United States with presentations in Washington D.C. and Tampa. Through the union of the Spanish dances and the African percussion they got the deserved distinction that makes them different from everything that existed before and after this company.
Regarding the national panorama, Habana Compas won the Popularity Award granted by the viewers of the program Dancing in Cuba, a detail that shows the recognition they have achieved thanks to their efforts and novel techniques. He also excels in his work with audiovisual directors such as Armel Villasol and Esteban Vázquez and his work alongside a first line orchestra such as Los Van Van.
The community work of Habana Compas
The Habana Compas dance and percussion company is located in the heart of Marianao, municipality of Havana, where more than 400 children and young people between 5 and 18 are currently trained in these subjects. Liliet Rivera has expressed her wish that these are the new blood of the company, as well as a stimulus to professionalism and artistic training.
The teachers are none other than the dancers themselves and the classes are free, always betting on the rescue of the traditions of Cuban music and dances, mixed with the same techniques of percussion that are used in their unique shows.
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