Irvine Barclay Theatre

Bringing a little slice of Havana to the Barclay

One of Cuba’s most sought-after dance companies performs at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Malpaso Dance Company

Malpaso Dance Company is an Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions


Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 8pm

Tickets: $48, $57, $100


Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Osnel Delgado, artistic director

Embodying the passion that defines Cuban life and its rich dance tradition, Malpaso Dance Company has become one of Cuba’s most sought-after dance companies. Artistic Director Osnel Delgado emphasizes a collaborative creative process by working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.

With a program that includes Indomitable Waltz by acclaimed Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton and Face the Torrent, a new work by Sonya Tayeh, Malpaso Dance Company is steeped in driving Latin grooves and inspired sensual choreography that has taken the American dance world by storm.


Part of 2018-2019 Contemporary Dance Series

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"[Mr. Delgado's] finely kneaded movement, which almost makes you want to grab it in fistfuls, buoys into and out of the ground with delectable ease."   (The New York Times)


Los Angeles Times Review




A Discussion with Fernando Sáez

Executive Director

Malpaso Dance Company


Moderated by Alex Borucki

Director of Latin American Studies, UCI


Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (4pm-5pm)

UCI Humanities Gateway 1002

Free and Open to the Public


To complement their performance at the Barclay on March 20th, the Malpaso Dance Company will be connecting with the greater UCI community through a series of outreach events designed to share the company’s uniquely collaborative choreographic process and to explore the powerful influence of dance in Cuba.


On Tuesday, March 19, Alex Borucki, Director of Latin American Studies at UCI, will host a discussion with Fernando Sáez, co-founder and executive director of Malpaso Dance Company. This special, behind-the-scenes event is presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre’s ArtsReach program in collaboration with UC-CUBA, a multi-campus academic initiative, centered at UC Irvine, and the Center for Latin American Studies at UCI. The event is free and open to the public.










Choreography: Aszure Barton

Music: Balanescu Quartet

“Waltz” by Alexander Balanescu

“The Young Conscript and the Moon” by Alexander Balanescu

“​Love Scene” by ​Alexander Balanescu  

“​String Quartet No.2: 2. II” by Michael Nyman

(By arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC. publisher and copyright owner.)

Nils Frahm: “Circling” by ​Nils Frahm (Courtesy of Erased Tapes Records Ltd. ISRC: GBWZD1506503)

“04:33” by Nils Frahm (By arrangement with Downtown Music UK, Ltd obo Manners McDade Music Publishing)





OCASO​ (2013)


Choreography: Osnel Delgado

Music: Autechre: “Parallel Suns”

Kronos Quartet: “White Man Sleeps, Track 2”

Max Richter: “Sunlight”







Choreography: Sonya Tayeh

Music: “Seed/Stem/Calyx,” written and recorded by Colette Alexander with The Bengsons





Malpaso Dance Company. ​In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. For more information, visit ​  


Fernando Sáez ​(​Founder and Executive Director​) ​graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1988. He is also an actor and founder of Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, was the head of the sociocultural development project in Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio, from 1993 to 1997, and has served on the staff of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba since 1998. He is also a member of the Fundation’s board of directors.  


Daileidys Carrazana ​(​Founder, Associate Artistic Director and Dancer) graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana in 2003. She was a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso with Osnel Delgado ​Wambrug​. Daile has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Jan Linkens, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz and Isidro Rolando, among others.  


Osnel Delgado ​(Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer, ​Ocaso) danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso. He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. Delgado has created works for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Rakatan and Ebony Dance of Cuba. Delgado is a 2003 graduate of the National Dance School of Havana, where he is also a professor of dance studies.


Aszure Barton​ ​(Choreographer, ​Indomitable Waltz)​, an award-winning Brooklyn-based choreographer, was born and raised in Canada. She has created many works for her own company, Aszure Barton & Artists, in addition to works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Ballet du Rhin, among many others. Other work includes choreography for the Broadway revival production of The Threepenny Opera directed by Scott Elliott (translation by Wallace Shawn) and over a dozen international film projects. Aszure is an official ambassador of contemporary choreography in Canada and has received numerous accolades, including Canada’s prestigious Arts & Letters Award. Her works have been performed on prestigious stages, including Palais Garnier, The Kennedy Center, The Stanislavsky Theatre and Sadler's Wells. For more information, log on to ​​. 


Sonya Tayeh ​(Choreographer, ​Face the Torrent)​ is a New York City-based choreographer and director. Since paving her professional career, her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range. Selected credits include: You’ll Still Call Me By Name (Commissioned by New York Live Arts); Martha Graham Dance Company/Lamentation Variation Series; Foresight/Hindsight (Commissioned by Cape Dance Festival); Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop/ Dir. Anne Kauffman); The Skin Of Our Teeth (TFANA/ Dir. Arin Arbus); Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party (City Center Encores!/ Dir. Leigh Silverman); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company / Dir. Rachel Chavkin), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre / Dir. Leigh Silverman), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe / Dir. Alex Timbers); The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, Dir. Anne Kauffman); Moulin Rouge! (Dir. Alex Timbers). Kylie Minogue/Aphrodite Tour; Florence and The Machine; the BRIT Awards, The Voice, American Idol; Miley Cyrus/Gypsy Heart Tour. Tayeh has received many accolades for her versatile work, including two Emmy nominations, a Drama Desk nomination, the Lucile lortel Award and Obie Award for Outstanding Choreography. For more information, visit: ​  


Dunia Acosta ​(Dancer) graduated from the Regional Dance School Manuel Muñoz Cedeno in Bayamo, Cuba in 2009. She was a member of Danza Libre de Guantanamo from 2010 to 2013 before joining Malpaso.


Esteban Aguilar(Dancer). Before joining Malpaso in February 2016, Esteban studied dance at ISA (Superior Institute of Arts) and was a member of Danza Fragmentada Company (2002-2014). He has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton and Osnel Delgado.   


Maria Karla Araujo ​(Dancer) graduated from the National School of Dance in Havana in 2009. Before joining Malpaso Dance Company, she worked with Ebony Dance Company and Ballet Rakatan, also based in Havana.


Fernando Benet ​(Dancer) is a graduate of the José María Heredia Art School in Santiago de Cuba. Before joining Malpaso in February 2016, he taught modern dance at the Alfredo Velázquez Dance School in Guantánamo (2013-2015) and was a member of Danza Libre Company (2013-2016). He has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton and Osnel Delgado.


Manuel Durán ​(Dancer) is a 2009 graduate of the Regional Dance School Manuel Muñoz Cedeno in Bayamo, Cuba. He was a member of Danza Libre of Guantanamo from 2010 to 2013 before joining Malpaso.


Beatriz Garcia ​(Dancer) is a graduate of the ​Superior Institute of Arts (2016) and the ​National Ballet School in Havana (2008). She was a member of Danza Teatro Retazos until 2014. She has worked with choreographers such as Isabel Bustos, Miguel Azcue, Irene Kalbusch, Pepe Hevia, ​Trey McIntyre, Aszure Barton, Sonya Tayeh and Ohad Naharin, among others.​ She joined Malpaso in June 2014.


Armando Gomez ​(Dancer)​ was born in 1994 in Camagüey, Cuba. He graduated as a ballet dancer and teacher from the Arts Academy Vicentina de la Torre in 2013. He was a member of the En Dedans Contemporary Ballet from 2013 to 2016 and Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba from 2016 to 2017. He joined Malpaso Dance Company in 2017.


Abel Rojo​ (Dancer) graduated from the National School of Modern Dance in 2010. He has been a member of companies such as Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (2010-2014), DanzAbierta (2015-2016), and the theater ensemble El Ciervo Encantado (2014-2015). He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela and Susana Pous, among others. He joined Malpaso in July 2016.


Lisbeth Saad​ (Dancer) graduated from the National Ballet School as a dancer and dance instructor in 2000. She performed with Codanza Dance Company from Holguín, Cuba for eight years, and was a member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba from 2010 to 2016, before joining Malpaso in February 2016. Lisbeth has worked with choreographers such as Juan Cruz, Pedro Ruiz, Rafael Bonachela, Isidro Rolando, Maricel Godoy and George Céspedes, among others.


Dailys Bacallao​ (Ballet Master) graduated from the National Ballet School in 2007, and the Superior Institute of Arts in Havana as a ballet teacher in 2015. She was a dancer with Danza Espiral Dance Company in Matanzas, Cuba from 2008 to 2014. She was a professor at the National Ballet School and is currently a teacher at the Superior Institute of Arts in Havana.


Steven Carlino ​(Production and Company Manager)​ ​is an artist, writer and performer who assists other artists in producing their own work. In New York City, he worked with the late, magnificent Fred Ho and the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble, the experimental theater collective, Mabou Mines, and for ten years toured as the production manager for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. More recently, he has worked with Aszure Barton & Artists in Los Angeles and has toured Europe with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Carlino has toured the U.S. with Malpaso Dance Company since 2015.


Diana Rosa Hernandez ​(Stage Manager) graduated from the National School of Arts with a degree in acting in 2008. She is a member of​ ​Teatro Espontáneo de La Habana and the Mefisto Teatro. Hernandez worked in HavanaBama theater company, a collaboration​ ​between the University of Alabama and Cuba. She joined Malpaso in March 2014.


Matt Miller ​(Lighting Designer, ​Ocaso) is based in Brooklyn, New York. He has spent his career lighting for dance, theater, live music, corporate and industrial events, galas, symphonies, festivals, and much, much more. Matt has worked with such companies as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arc3design, Yeager Design, Microsoft, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jessica Lang Dance, Madison Square Garden, Gallim, HMS Media, Square Enix, Xbox, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the Chicago Dancing Festival, Music Theatre Wichita, The New Victory Theater, The Plagiarists theater company, and the Chicago Children's Choir. Matt has toured extensively—domestically and internationally—with a number of world-renowned dance companies. During his time with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, he designed over 30 new works. He also acted as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department during the company's participation in DanceMotion USA. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design and a BA in Theatre Arts from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of NebraskaLincoln. Matt is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829.


Manuel Da Silva ​(Lighting Supervisor) was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in South Florida, where he developed a passion for theater and the arts at a young age. Manuel attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received his BFA in Lighting Design and Technology. Now a New York City-based lighting designer, Manuel has gotten the chance to work with several Off-Broadway theater companies, including designing the world premiere of La Tía Julia y el Escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) at El Repertorio Español. Manuel has also had the opportunity to display his work at the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review and the National Design Showcase East. Additionally, Manuel is a lighting designer at Arc3design, where he works on a great variety of projects, spanning special events, architecture and dance. 


Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry ​(Assistant to the Choreographer, ​Indomitable Waltz) is a dancer, educator, creator and coach. Born in Normal, Illinois, he began dancing with his mother Lyndetta; and went on to graduate from The Chicago Academy for the Arts. In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School. Alsberry, a.k.a “Jojo,” is now a dancer, rehearsal director and creative collaborator with Aszure Barton & Artists and has assisted Ms. Barton in over a dozen creations. He toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, as well as Evolution with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo. Alsberry has performed as a principal dancer with The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Opera Theater. In 2007, he joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and is also a performer and rehearsal director with the company.


Nicole Pearce​ (Lighting Designer, ​Indomitable Waltz, Face the Torrent). Previously with Aszure Barton: six works (Aszure Barton & Artists, Hubbard Street, and Nederlands Dans Theater). Selected dance with Mark Morris, Jessica Lang, Robert Battle, Andrea Miller, Sonya Tayeh, John Heginbotham, Brian Brooks, Alexander Ekman, Kyle Abraham and Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa; and companies, including Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Finnish National Opera, Gallim, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, Dance Heginbotham, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Selected New York theater credits includes work with directors: Edward Albee, Leigh Silverman, Trip Cullman, Pam MacKinnon, Jade King Carroll and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. With companies, including The Cherry Lane, The Play Company and LAByrinth Theater Company. Upcoming projects include work with Juilliard Opera, Minnesota Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Dance Heginbotham, and American Ballet Theatre. ​


Fritz Masten​ (Costume Designer, ​Indomitable Waltz) ​has designed costumes and sets for theaters internationally. To learn more, go to ​


Karen Young ​(Costume Designer, ​Face the Torrent)​ ​has designed costumes for numerous dance and video art works in New York and internationally. In addition to designing Wendy Whelan's​ Restless Creature and several works for the Brian Brooks Moving Company, her design work for dance is included in the repertoires of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Kyle Abraham, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Morphoses, Pam Tanowitz, Elisa Monte and Larry Keigwin, among many others. Costume design for video art includes: David Michalek’s ​Slow Dancing; Matthew Barney's Cremaster 5 and ​Cremaster 1; and Eve Sussman’s ​89 Seconds at Alcázar and ​The Rape of the Sabine Women. Other recent projects include: Third Rail Projects’ highly acclaimed immersive shows, ​Then She Fell and ​The Grand Paradise; Doug Elkin's ​The Weight of Smoke for the Paul Taylor Dance Company; and Alejandro Cerrudo's ​Sleeping Beauty for Ballett Basel. www.​


Joyce Theater Productions​ (JTP) is the in-house producing entity for The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., formed to create original work for The Joyce’s own stage, and for worldwide touring. The program also includes fiscal and administrative management to select companies that may require infrastructure beyond project-based creations. Originally founded in partnership with Sunny Artist Management, Inc. (SAM) in 2014, JTP has since supported projects with Daniil Simkin, Wendy Whelan/Brian Brooks, Arthur Pita/James Whiteside, Maria Kochetkova, and the L.A. Dance Project, and maintains an ongoing relationship with Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company.  

About Irvine Barclay Theatre

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit to learn about our exciting new season!