I guess, however, a job is a job and throughout Cuba from the barely road-worthy cars to the dilapidated buildings, which look barely able to stand and yet may still house several families, there is a sense of inventiveness in working with what materials are at their disposal. You also see this in the amount of art that is made from recycled materials. This is the essence of the charm of Cuba. There is an air of positivity and making do and as one Cuban barman said with a shrug of shoulders, “well no-one has any money but the climate is nice.” and after all the old cars and buildings are part of what makes Cuba such a distinctive place.
On counting through a theatre listings brochure, I reached a total of 27 theatres in Havana. Castro clearly valued the arts and after the Revolution the grants that were given to develop theatre, dance and music have clearly paid off and given this country its vibrancy. It feels like every other Cuban person is a skilled musician, an intellectual, a dancer, a skilled linguist or a trained doctor even though they may work as a taxi driver, a mechanic or a barman.
The great thing about dance is it is not heavily reliant on equipment. The body is the instrument of dance and therefore the only tuning it needs is to be exercised and taught the techniques in which to develop the ability of what the body can do. Dance is all about hard work and dedication and the best studio in the world will not produce a great dancer if these qualities are lacking.
And they are not lacking here.
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