04/15 - Rakatan

In March and April I was out in Havana again, helping Ballet Rakatan develop a new show. We wanted to walk a line between the overtly commercial and something a bit more off-beat. We worked hard generating material that came from the dancers themselves; their own experiences, humour and imaginations. There are a lot of challenges around making work in Cuba and many unexpected things crop up which can be very frustrating - however, the company are amazingly talented and in the end we presented a work-in-progress to an important european producer who was very excited by the work. Hopefully the company will be able to go on and create a production that truly comes from them.