Zenon open rehearsal - Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado

Can you break away at noon downtown? Free, open rehearsal of new work by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado in Studio 4A, 4th Floor, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.

Delgado is the 2014 McKnight International Artist. During his August 17-31 residency, administered by Northrop, Delgado will create his first work on a U.S. company: Zenon Dance Company.

"Cuba has an incredibly rich dance tradition, and Osnel is on the verge of exploding onto the international dance scene," says Mary Ellen Childs, director, McKnight Fellowship Programs at Northrop. "We typically have limited access to artists living in Cuba and to have Osnel here for an extended residency is a rare opportunity for the Twin Cities dance community."

Adds Linda Z. Andrews, Zenon's founder and artistic director, "We are thrilled to work with Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado and to partner with the McKnight Fellowship Program. I have a long-standing interest in Cuban dance, music and culture, and am eager to bring Osnel's passionate, colorful work to the Twin Cities."

Zenon will premiere Delgado's new work at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, November 21-30, 2014. During each residency period, he will teach classes in Cuban dance at the Zenon Dance School and will participate in a variety of dance community events.

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Zenon will premiere Delgado's new work at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, November 21-30, 2014. During each residency period, he will teach classes in Cuban dance at the Zenon Dance School and will participate in a variety of dance community events. The McKnight International Artist Fellowship, administered by Northrop, invites one international choreographer each year to spend time in residence in Minnesota, collaborating with Minnesota dance artists and showcasing new work. International Artist Fellowships are offered by invitation only.

Osnel Delgado has received major Cuban awards including the Premio a Mejor Coreografia del Concurso Solamente Solos (Award for Best Solo Choreography), and a Special Mention award at the VII Iberomerican "Alicia Alonso" Choreography competition in Madrid. He was a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011 and founded MalPaso Dance Company in 2013, where he currently serves as choreographer and artistic director.

See Delgado dance on PBS's Thirteen. To watch MalPaso Dance Company, view this video from the Joyce Theater in New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38fcrekWWs0

Also, if you would like to support Zenon, consider attending their fundraiser on Aug. 21st. http://www.zenondance.org/support/summer.html

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  • Maya

    Unfortunately, can't make it at noon

    August 27

    • Kathy A

      I'm sorry you were not able to make it. But Zenon will be premiering this piece in its finished form this November in their fall performance series, so you could go then and see it.

      August 30

  • Linda J

    It has to be the most exciting dance I have ever experienced. WOW! and being at the rehearsal, where one is so close to the dancers makes it even more alive.

    1 · August 29

  • Robin C

    Absolutely fantastic !

    1 · August 29

  • Cheryl H.

    I'm so sorry not be be able to attend this, because I really wish I could! It sounds fascinating, but I will be working in St. Paul. - CH

    1 · August 18

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