ADDRESSING CUBAN CULTURE
Portal is a contemporary dance work using Cuba as its geographic and emotional setting. An island of contrasts, that communicate through its inhabitants in many differing ways.
Portal focuses on seven dancers, individuals, Cubans. It aim to tell their relation to their homeland - both public display and private musings.
The idea of personal threshold will be key. Represented by a door. It will act as dividers between contrasting places - for some a burden, others a necessity, for all omnipresent. Cuban culture is addressed. The sense of community, the complex past, a present lived day by day… and a future with very different predictions.
Arqués uses his personal approach of individual/emotional based movement to bring an original perspective of Cuba, being Cuban, and what that means to the Cubans of the 21st century.
"Portal contains a powerful semantic load, it is a metaphor about the uncertainty that reigns in Cuban society, immobile on the threshold of something unknown."
— Ana León for Cubamanece
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music Ariwo Sets Juanjo Arqués & Maykel Gonzalez Costumes Natalie de Koning
Lights Bonnie Beecher
Assistant Yadai Ponce
Company Acosta Danza World première February 2019 - Havana, Cuba.