by Vladimir Iglesias.
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SPRING EQUINOC VIA CUBA:
PALO MONTE TRIP (HavanaWay)
next trip will be in 2003, departure on March 21 with option to
one or two weeks in Cuba.
The two week-long experience of Proyecto Palo Monte is guaranteed
to stir the rhythms in anyone. Proyecto Palo Monte is an educational
collaboration between Stage Of The Arts, Inc. of Los Angeles,
California, Educational Opportunity Program and International
Programs and Services of California State University in Los Angeles.
It will be taught at (CNEART) Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Arte.
This course will focus on "but not be limited to" dance
and/or percussion classes. We believe in giving the student more
options as far as choosing a certain dance or rhythmic form that
they are particularly passionate about, as well as giving them
the chance to choose from a variety of teachers, many of which
are highly respected in Havana for their knowledge and for their
ability to relay that knowledge skillfully. This is further enhanced
when a student picks teacher that he or she clicks with.
For dance students, subjects of study will be the folkloric traditions
of the Yoruba, the Congo, and Arara, specifically, Rumba, Palo,
the Orisha dances, Comparsas, and dances of the Oriente, "Afro-Haitian,"
with an introduction to accompanying music and songs. The popular
dances will include, the Son, Danzon, the Mambo, the Chachacha,
the Casino "Cuban salsa", Timba, Latin Jazz, and their
relationship to Afro Cuban culture.
For drummers and percussionists, the folkloric rhythm "for
congas" Bembe, Guiro, Rumba, Palo and Comparsa. And the techniques
and rhythmic patterns of the Bata drums, with an introduction
to the accompanying songs. *All these patterns can be adapted
for drum set. The popular rhythm or Tumbaos of the more traditional
styles for congas, bongos, timbales, guiro and maracas, include
the Son, Mambo and Chachacha. And the modern styles, Songo, Timba
and Latin jazz. *Music courses are not limited to drums and percussion.
Classes are available in the full range of instruments with courses
in understanding clave, phrasing, improvisation, concept in arranging
from Stravinsky to Mozambique!
CNEART has been teaching all aspects of Cuban culture since its
foundation 37 years ago, making it one of longest running companies
in this field.
Located in the Miramar section of Havana, CNEArt comes equipped
with large double and triple occupancy rooms which include: hot
and water, air-conditioning, TV, refrigerator, closets, and access
to e-mail and fax.
Right next door is a nice restaurant with an extensive menu, with
breakfast and dinner included free.
The building where the schools are housed is equipped with large
classrooms with wooden floors, mirrors and all the necessary apparatus
for dance and music students. It is a 2-story building with dance
rooms on both floors.
There are other classrooms for song infraction, drumming and lectures.
With well over 50 instructors from ages 17 to 71, you shall get
the most comprehensive learning experience possible in a 2 week
period. In fact many of the other music and dance companies borrow
instructors from CNEART to complement their classes.
For the above said reasons, CNEART is our first choice in dance
and music instruction.
If you are a professor interested in providing academic credits
for music, dance or arts classes at CNEART, we may be tailoring
this experience to your needs. Contact Karel Hernandez,
Cuban visiting scholar at IPS CalStateLA (administrative building)
or contact him at Webmaster@afrocuba.org
or phone/fax (323) 960-0389.
Our next trip will be in 2003, departure on Friday March
21, 2003 with option to one or two weeks in Cuba.
register by Friday February 20, 2003 to secure
participation. We need your name, address and passport number.
A nonrefundable deposit of $500.00 is requested by March 1, 2003.
Please, mail check of money order to Stage
Of The Arts, Inc. P.O.Box 26688, Los Angeles, California 20026.
Tours through the old parts of the city and museums. During the
tour we will also enjoy cultural events such as Sabado
de la Rumba featuring the performers of the Conjunto
Folklorico National. The performance takes place in a beautiful
patio known as the Palenque (Cuban word referring to Sanctuary
for runaway slaves, the Cimarrones). Also Callejon de
Hamel (Hamel alley) in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood, very
near the university of Havana, which is well over 200 years old,
where we'll visit the would famous gallery and surreal dwelling
of internationally acclaimed muralist and sculptor, Salvador Gonzalez.
From here he directs his ambitious projects, most striking of
which are the huge mural paintings portraying the entire Pantheon
of Afro-Cuban folklore...a suitable backdrop for the best Rumberos
in Havana, who play there every Sunday afternoon.
The group may also attend a Toque de Santo. This
is a Santeria religious celebration to give our students the opportunity
to take part in this religious celebration in an authentic environment
so they can experience the mixture of music, song, dance and the
feeling of the ceremony.
There will be a break from Havana in the middle of the 2 weeks
for an Eco-tour in Viñales, one of the
most scenic and beautiful provinces in Cuba.
It's famous for its large caves, limestone formations and tobacco
and coffee plantations. It also stands out for the warmth and
friendliness of it's inhabitants.
The group will also do a retreat into Matanzas,
a stronghold of Afro Cuban culture, and experience the deep African
history and culture, unique to this region.
The day to day schedule will be:
Friday night March 21, 2003.............Airport pick up. Lodging
at the residential houses of CNEArt ( 3 to 4 beds rooms). Welcoming
Party for the group at the Rancho el Sauce, live music and drinks.
. Saturday morning 22.........Old Havana Tour, folklore show at
. Sunday 23...................Callejon de Hamel, 2nd. tour through
Havana, museums, etc.
. Monday 24...................Departure for Matanzas in the morning.
begin with an "encounter with the local people", lunch,
hand-made books workshop at La Vigia, visit to Pharmaceutical
Museum and performance
of Charlie Chaplin, the play (night time)
. Tuesday 25..................Workshop "Sensorial Interactive
boils down to participants telling a real life story or anecdote
then be acted out by professional actors). Lunch then dance and
by Afro Cuba de Matanzas. Dinner. Leave for Havana at night.
Wednesday 26.................4-hour classes . Percussion and dance
Thursday 27.................4-hour classes . Percussion and dance.
Toque de Santo in the evening.
Friday 28...................4-hour classes . Percussion and dance
participants return to the States. Remaining participants continue
to Valle deVinales.
Saturday 29.................Departure for Vinales early in the
morning. Lunch. Horse back ride through the countryside. Guateque
Sunday 30...................Breakfast. Visit to El Moncada community
for an 1-hr long underground tour through one of the largest caves
in Latin America: Santo Tomas. Visit to the Acuaticos in the Infierno
to Havana at night.
Monday 31...................4-hr classes. Percussion and dance
Tuesday 1 April.............4-hr classes. Percussion and dance
Wednesday 2..................4-hr classes. Percussion and dance
Thursday 3..................4-hr classes. Percussion and dance.
Farewell Party at sunset.
Friday 4....................Airport drop off. Group departs
for LAX, USA..
for the trip is $1,995.00 USD for the two weeks.
$689.00 (or whatever is the current airfare at that time) should
be paid to Marimar Travel, 3325 Tweedy Blvd. South Gate, CA 90280
Tel: (323) 569-7147; Fax: (323) 569-2007.
should be a deposit of $500.00 paid by March 1 with the remaining
total of $806.00 to be paid to Stage Of The Arts, Inc. for the
two weeks trip before departure on March 21, 2003.
paying the $500.00 deposit, the one week trip is $153.00 plus