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¡ESO SÍ! ARENAS DANCE COMPANY @ Eastside Cultural Center
EastSide Cultural Center
Oakland, CA
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¡ESO SÍ! ARENAS DANCE COMPANY @ Eastside Cultural Center
LAIR (LiveArts In Resistance)
Dance Mission Theater, in partnership with Eastside Arts Alliance (LAIR), presents

Más que bailar en Cuba bailaremos por Cuba
One thing's for sure: We don't just dance in Cuba, we dance for Cuba

A new dance work by the celebrated AfroCuban company, Arenas Dance Company, that looks at immigration, Cuba, and Afro-Latinidad, and celebrates the 20th anniversary of award-winning director Susana Arenas Pedrosos arrival in the United States

October 6, 2019 at Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland
Sunday, 6pm

(If your are looking for tickets to the San Francisco show, visit https://dancemissiontheater.org)

Youth/Seniors/Low Income: $18 in advance / $20 at the door
General: $22 in advance / $27 at the door

Eso sí, Arenas Dance Companys latest work, celebrates the 20th anniversary of choreographer and director Susana Arenas Pedrosos arrival in the States and her contributions to the Bay Area as a lead artist and cultural bearer of Afro-Cuban dance, rhythms, songs, and stories. The evening-length work, performed to both live drumming and recorded music, features Afro-Cuban folkloric and popular dance, incorporates movement and text, and integrates the sacred and the profane in Cuban culture.

Eso sí, which loosely translates to thats it! or one things for sure!, tells the story of a dancer in Havana who is preparing to go on tour to the United States with her dance company. We watch as she rehearses, packs luggage, and says her goodbyes. After giving oftrendas or offerings by Havanas Malecón to Yemaya (the orisha or deity of the sea) so that the journey is blessed, she arrives in San Francisco, where there is temptation to defect.

Pedroso collaborates with storytellers and percussionists, weaving together text, movement, and song with 12 dancers and five additional musicians. She calls on the strength of the mujer, flipping stereotypical images frequently seen in Cuban popular dances (e.g. the gossip, the flirt) and reclaims them. She calls on her own Lucumí spiritual practice, using its cultural legacies and mythologies to ground the piece. And, she calls on her ancestors, and all those that have crossed seas before her. As the subtitle suggests, más que bailar en Cuba bailaremos por Cuba, this work goes beyond just dancing in Cuba. Instead, we dance for Cuba. You can leave a country, but it never leaves your heart.


EastSide Cultural Center (View)
2277 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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