Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a genuine expression of the mixture which identifies Cuban Culture. The company’s performances combine, in an original way, elements of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance with Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This particular aspect has enabled specialized critics to describe its work as unique and different.
Director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, set up the company in October, 1991. It was first named Iberian Dances. In October 1992, it was declared an independent company and named the way it is at present, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba. In 2000, the company became a resident ensemble at Havana’s Grand Theater.
Essentially made up of female dancers and a musical group, which accompanies the troupe in all its live shows, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba stands out for its coordination and professionalism. The company has been acclaimed on different national and international stages.
The ensemble has performed on important stages, such as:
Havana’s Grand Theater (where it usually performs), and Mella Theatre; in Cuba.
Apolo Theatre of Barcelona; Valdez Palace Theatre in Aviles and the Congress and Expositions Palace of Granada in Spain.
New Victory Theater of Broadway; the Chicago Theater; the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts of Detroit in United States.
Consulsidio Theater of Bogotá in Colombia.
Congress and Culture Palace of Le Mans, in France.
Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto, Canada.
Isaac Royal Theater of New Zealand.
Cairo Opera House of Egypt.
National Theatre of Qatar.
Deutschen Schauspielhaus and Thalía Theatre, in Hamburg, Germany.
Spier Amphitheatre, Lyric Theatre and State Theatre in South Africa.
Shanghai Oriental Art Center, in the Republic Popular China, plus other international scenarios.
All its performances have been broadcast on Cuban Television arts shows.
The company has also participated in important international festivals, such as Spain’s Imprints, in the Cuban capital; Havana’s Theater and Guitar Festival; the Vail Internacional Dance Festival, in Colorado; the Columbia Festival of the Arts, in Maryland; the Central Park Summer Stage Festival in New York; the Interlochen Arts Festival, in Michigan; the Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity LUMINATO, the Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand, the International Performing Arts Conference- CINARS- 2008, in Montreal, Canada, the Fort de France Festival in Martinique and Works and Process, in New York, the Spring Festival in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The interpretative capacity of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba gives the troupe the possibility of staging special presentations for different kinds of people and the most demanding audiences, based on a combination of different choreographies of its extensive and varied repertoire.
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba has shared the stage with prestigious musical groups, companies and outstanding figures, including the National Ballet of Cuba; the Alla Scala Ballet of Milan; the Cuban National Folk Ensemble; the Buena Vista Social Club Project; the Spanish Musical Group “Ojos de Brujo”; the Cuban Opera; singer Omara Portuondo, pianists Frank Fernández and Chucho Valdés and principal dancer Carlos Acosta, among others.