Martín Weber, “La Habana, Cuba,” 1999. From <i>A Map of Latin American Dreams</i>.<br/>Courtesy of the artist. | Americas Society Ballet Hispanico; Eduardo Patino | Ballet Hispanico Creole Choir of Cuba; Sven Creutzmann | BAM Adonis Flores, <i>Visionary</i>, courtesy of the artist | Cuban Artists Fund Danza Contemporanea de Cuba; Photo by Manuel Harlan | The Joyce Theater Still from <i>Casa Vieja</i>; courtesy of the artist | Havana Film Festival New York Los Muñequitos de Matanzas;  Cynthia Carris | World Music Institute, Symphony Space, MAPP International Productions Alexis Esquivel, <i>Smile You Won!</i>, 2010 <i>Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art.</i> Courtesy of the artist | The 8th Floor Xiomara Laugart | Jamaica Performing Arts Center, World Music Institute
Monday, June 6th
Monday, June 6th 6:00pm
The 8th Floor RSVP required
(82 min.), 2006
a film by Emilia Menocal and Jauretsi Saizarbitoria In Spanish with English subtitles.
Set in the streets of Alamar, East of Havana is a documentary tracing the experience of young Cuban hip-hoppers organizing a rap festival. Following three Cubans hip hop artists, the story recounts the struggles they encounter with repression and censorship. The 8th Floor is pleased to welcome director Jauretsi Saizarbitoria for this special event. Saizarbitoria will introduce the film and participate in a Q & A following the screening.
Saturday, June 4th
DelExilio FREE!
Saturday, June 4th 10:00pm
Presented by BAM
Six-piece band DelExilio infuses guitar-based American rock music with Cuban soul. Spidery lines on the Cuban tres (guitar) wind their way through bongos and bass patterns and claves negotiate backbeats for a general funk “a lo Cubano” that ultimately does justice to all its influences.
Saturday, June 4th 8:00pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Presented by BAM
Sensations at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, the “entrancing” (The Scotsman) Creole Choir of Cuba is a resounding voice of the diaspora. Comprised of descendants of Haitian migrants, the group offers exuberant, percussion-infused takes on myriad Caribbean styles.
Friday, June 3rd
Friday, June 3rd 9:00pm
Presented by BAM
A tight, four-piece band blessed with palpable chemistry and magnetism, The Pedrito Martinez Group play Latin jazz with remarkable clairvoyance. Havana-born percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez leads the streamlined outfit in dance music from Cuba and beyond.
Monday, May 30th
Monday, May 30th 11:00am – 12:30pm
BAM Hillman Attic Studio
Presented by BAM
Members of DanceAfrica’s visiting company from Cuba, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, lead two master class workshops on dance and music. The adult class is structured for intermediate or advanced dancers.