U.S. and Cuban dance companies combine their talents at a special performance in Havana, as part of the increasing ties between the former Cold War enemies. Diane Hodges reports.
The U.S. and Cuba may not be arm-in-arm, but the two former enemies are closer together than they were, and that's allowed Minnesota's Zenon dance company to perform in Cuba. The modern dance troupe strutted across the stage of Havana's Marti Theater, in a program that founder Linda Andrews says is a true exchange of cultures. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ZENON DANCE COMPANY, LINDA ANDREWS, SAYING: "We are mixing Cuban and American choreographers, so it's an unusual mixture, I don't know if this has happened in the past but I think it's a symbol, maybe, of our time, what's happening between our countries." The performance is a sign of the widening horizons for the dancers, as well as for audiences, according to Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER, OSNEL DELGADO, SAYING: "I think this performance is part of the relations that are being established between the two countries. I think that we've long been close with each other, but this is an opportunity to see there is so much American dance here, music too, and Cuban dance there, and music, with regards to the general arts scene." The visit comes as Cuba and the U.S. are seeking to turn the corner on a half-century of hostility, and open up to new opportunities in trade as well as the arts.