April 22, 2006 to June 4, 2006
Noted urban photographer and former prosecutor and Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti captures the essence of dance in Cuba in this selection of forty-nine images, most from his new book Dance in Cuba. Garcetti’s rich black-and-white photographs reveal that dance is uniquely embedded in the culture and spirit of Cuba, where Afro-Cuban dance, classical ballet, contemporary dance, flamenco, and street performance co-exist to include everyone. Garcetti had unprecedented access to professional dance studios by collaborating with Alicia Alonso (director), Miguel Cabrera (official historian), and prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes of the famed Ballet Nacional de Cuba as well as with Miguel Ferrer, director of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, and others. He has masterfully used his camera to freeze dramatic moments and chronicle this enigmatic country with its flourishing dance traditions.