2007 (February 5 to 10) – USA modern dancers traveled to Santiago de Cuba under the leadership of Jim LePore to study the dance and music ritual of the professional company, Cutumba Ballet Folklorico Santiago de Cuba. At the time, American’s were, generally speaking, not allowed to travel to Cuba.
The following film shorts share Maida’s experience during the week spent in Cuba (see archives):
Cuba – Havana Today (Documentary Film)
Simple record of the sights and sounds on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Fidel Castro was gravely ill on the day of this documentary, February 11, 2007.
Cuba – Santiago de Cuba: In the Eye of the Beholder
Brief engagement with the people and culture in Cuba. Sensual dance, jazz music, voodoo, religion, and revolution are part of the Haitian-Afro-Cuban culture of Santiago.
Cuba – Trumpet Man – Inaudis Paisan Mallet
Beloved and revered trumpeter, Inaudis Paisan Mallet, plays and sings jazz at Casa de la Trova Club in Santiago de Cuba.