FERNANDO SÁEZ graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1988. He is also a founder and actor 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 Foundation’s Board of Directors.
DAILEIDYS CARRAZANA graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana in 2003. She was a member of Danza Contemporánea 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 danced with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso. He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Jan Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. Delgado has created works for DCC, 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.
OHAD NAHARIN is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, he began his dance career with Batsheva in 1974 and made his choreographic debut in New York in 1980. In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company and established its junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has created over 30 works for both companies and set pieces on other companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. In addition to his stage work, Naharin developed GAGA, the innovative movement research and daily training of Batsheva’s dancers that has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers. A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.
ASZURE BARTON, an award-winning Brooklyn-based choreographer, was born and raised in Canada. She has created many works for her own company, Aszure Barton & Artists, and 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 works include 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. Barton 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 Theater and Sadler’s Wells.
SONYA TAYEH is a NYC-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); Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite Tour; Florence and The Machine; 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, and the Lucile Lortel and Obie award for Outstanding Choreography.
In the spring of 2018, she worked on The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, dir. Anne Kauffman) and Moulin Rouge! (dir. Alex Timbers).
DUNIA ACOSTA graduated from the Regional Dance School Manuel Muñoz Cedeño in Bayamo in 2009. She was a member of Danza Libre de Guantánamo from 2010 to 2013 before joining Malpaso.
ESTEBAN AGUILAR studied dance at ISA’s (Superior Institute of Arts) Faculty of Dance and was a member of Danza Fragmentada Company (2002–2014). He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Aszure Barton and Osnel Delgado and joined Malpaso in February 2016.
MARIA KARLA ARAUJO graduated from the National School of Dance in Havana in 2009. Before joining Malpaso Dance Company, she worked with Ebony Dance Company and Rakatan Company, also based in Havana.
FERNANDO BENET 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 like Aszure Barton and Osnel Delgado.
MANUEL DURÁN is a 2009 graduate from the Regional Dance School Manuel Muñoz Cedeño in Bayamo, Cuba. He was a member of Danza Libre of Guantánamo from 2010 to 2013 before joining Malpaso.
BEATRIZ GARCIA 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.
ABEL ROJO 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 theatre ensemble El Ciervo Encantado (2014–2015). He has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, and Susana Pous, among others. He joined Malpaso in July 2016.
LISBETH SAAD graduated from the National Ballet School as a dancer and dance instructor in 2000. She performed with Codanza Dance Company from Holguín City for eight years, as well as was a member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba from 2010 to 2016 before joining Malpaso in February 2016. Saad has worked with choreographers such as Juan Cruz, Pedro Ruiz, Rafael Bonachela, Isidro Rolando, Maricel Godoy, and George Céspedes, among others.
DAILYS BACALLAO 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 of Matanza's city contemporary dance company Danza Espiral 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.