MICOMPAÑÍA is one of the companies of contemporary dance most famous in Cuba, an independent project founded and directed by the Spanish dancer and choreographer Susana Pous.
Susana welcomes the CubaUnique team with a smile, opens the doors of her dance studio to us and, right in this magnetic space, delights us with her conversation, her strength and her panache.
The imprint of Cuba in her professional development
Some 20 years ago Susana Pous decided to stay in Cuba, and develop her career and personal life in Havana. Being a young dancer full of dreams and aspirations, she landed on that wonderful island and fell in love with the country and its people.
That love for Cuba prompted her to create pieces like “Malson”, An open letter of love to Havana, during her time as director of the Cuban contemporary dance company DanzAbierta. A work that won the Prize of the Second Biennial of the Cariba Dance in 2010 and that allowed her to tour the international stages.
Villalola, a space for exchange and creationVillalola was born as a space to create, test and develop projects without limitations. The headquarters of her company have transformed, for the better, a community that is far from appearing on tourist itineraries or agendas.
Being the headquarters of MICOMPAÑÍA has made the neighborhood grow and children, youth and adults get involved and participate in courses, workshops or artistic events. This site works as a kind of communitary project from which both those who live in the city and travelers from anywhere in the world benefit.
For those of you traveling to Cuba, visiting Villalola cannot be missed as part of a tour about dance in Havana, or to take a workshop in Havana. Getting here will offer you the unique possibility to see a company from the inside, to exchange opinions with dancers, to see how they rehearse and to take a Cuban dance course with professionals.
Villalola opens its doors to share dance and theatre with travelers who want to live a thematic experience, and, as Susana affirms, “learn from the art that Cuba represents”.
Traveling, an ideal way to live new experiences
For Susana, the physical journey allows her to open up to new experiences; it is a motivating and inspiring act.
As a dancer who came from Spain, she has always had an interest in taking her creative work back to her home country. MICOMPAÑÍA was invited to participate in the La Mercè Festival in Barcelona in September 2020, but she has postponed the invitation to 2021, in which we hope to see such a long-awaited exchange.
Touring Cuba is a journey of sensationsWhen we asked her: why would you recommend visiting Cuba? Her answer filled us with courage and desire to continue showing the real Cuba to all travelers.
«In Cuba, of course, you can discover different things, but you will also find very interesting points of connection. I think you have to come to Cuba several times; you have to repeat and you have to enjoy all those special experiences that Havana offers as a capital that receives and moves so many people.In the years that she has been living in Cuba, Susana confesses to us having discovered wonderful natural sites. A tour around the Island would not be complete if you do not visit Viñales, Sierra Maestra, if you do not get to the Hanabanilla lagoon and try the delicious creole food prepared by the peasants from the surrounding areas.
For Susana to travel through Cuba is to enjoy a trip of sensations. She affirms that the largest of the Antilles offers much more than beautiful beaches, rivers and waterfalls; you have to get to know its people and be introduced to the daily life of the Cuban, which is influenced by music, dance, art, folklore and Afro-Cuban religion
She also loves the Cuban climate (Cuba is an eternal summer!) That allows her to walk barefoot all year long. She has a little spot of the Havana coast is her favorite place to relax, swim, or take a walk with her family or her dog.
On the challenges of Cuba today
Susana tells us, from the affection and respect she feels for this Caribbean island, that Cuba needs to work a lot on itself.
«Cuba needs to look less outward and develop itself. We have to do an act of conscience, since there are many things that we must transform. You have to generate, non-stop... I can't stop thinking about everything I can do to transform, from within the country, things that have to be transformed. "
“Cuba has many possibilities, but sometimes I feel that there is a bit of conformity, without an attempt to generate change (and with this I am not talking about political issues, but rather social, cultural). In Cuba there is a lot of access to culture, but a great lack of financing so that it can really go further. So, I believe that the important thing, from each one, is to try to grow and transform (oneself). »
«I think these are difficult times, but the most important thing is to have an illusion and be positive; to think that if something happens to me, that will not throw me back, that I will continue forward. Cubans are used to inventing, to trying to overcome difficulties. "
"We must try to transform the country so that it is more in line with what the world is going to be in the future."
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We suggest some of our most popular organized tours , and, if it is not what you were looking for, we will design your personalized trip, and above all, we suggest that you follow our tips to live the authentic Cuban culture.
Ahora además ya conoces una de las mejores compañías de danza contemporánea de Cuba por si quieres disfrutar de toda una experiencia corporal.
Article written by Gabriela Rodríguez, independent Cuban guide.
Video produced and edited by Javier Ernesto Hernández-López.