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Friday, February 24, 2017

In Context: Dreaming of Lions

Malpaso Dance Company, the reigning standard-bearers of Cuban contemporary dance, find inspiration in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, with music by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Context is everything, so get closer to the production through our series of curated links, videos, and articles. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #MalpasoDance.

Program Notes

Dreaming of Lions (PDF)


"Dreaming of Lions points to a new era in which the sea is no longer a barrier but a source of bounty—of art as much as fish."

Malpaso troupe brings compelling artistry to Becket (Boston Globe)
A glowing review of Malpaso’s program at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival last year.

Luminato welcomes Malpaso, a contemporary blend of Cuban dance (The Globe and Mail)
Toronto welcomed the company last year, and this in-depth overview from The Globe and Mail details Cuba’s rocky history with modern dance, as well as Malpaso’s pioneering spirit.

What Comes Next for Cuban Modern Dance? (The New York Times)
A meditation on the future of t├ęcnica cubana, a hybrid of American modern dance and Cuba’s Spanish and African traditions.

Watch & Listen

Step Inside Malpaso Dance Company’s newest creation, featuring the music of Arturo O'Farrill (YouTube)
See the incredible interplay between the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and Delgado’s dancers in this special behind-the-scenes look at the development of Dreaming of Lions in Cuba.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #MalpasoDance.


  1. BIG fan of Malpaso. Dreaming was creative, but one hour of a variation on a theme made it seem longer than it was. Expected some Cuban flavor to the dance and music.
    I'm taking this as a one off, and will continue to look forward to Malpaso in NYC.

  2. Really enjoyable. Am considering seeing it again. I thought both the dance and the music were excellent. Also, BAM - have you stopped admitting latecomers? If so, BRAVO and thank you for considering all of us who respect the performers and get there on time and deserve to be uninterrupted.

  3. My wife and I enjoyed "Dreaming of Lions" - wonderful dancing, costumes and music. We felt that it would have been useful to have had more background in the BAMbill program to give the performance more context beyond stating that it was inspired by "The Old Man and the Sea."

  4. I enjoyed this beautiful evening. Felt very lucky to see the choreographer himself performing; everyone was doing his moves beautifully, but somehow when he did them you could see why they existed; they were really HIS. Also really enjoyed the music, and appreciated having it be onstage as a part of the performance. Found it a bit odd that the Latin-inflected music did not produce Latin-type dance moves, which created some disconnect in my mind between the dance and the music, in some spots more than others. Also could not possibly see the "old man of the sea" as old, given what he was doing onstage!--another disconnect, and the old man's age and physical limitations are a big part of the Hemingway story. Still enjoyed a beautiful evening of dance and music.

  5. This was a beautiful performance in every way -- choreography, dancing, music. Malpaso continues to grow better and better. It is a very creative company. I look forward to seeing them again. So far, I have seen them three times. Wonderful performance.


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