US comtemporary dancer Lorna Burdsell awarded Cuban Arts Teaching Prize

The barely two-year-old company won acclaim on its first European tour in 1961 and Burdsall was with the company (now Danza Contemporánea de Cuba) for nearly 20 years, and created numerous works reflecting the spirit of the Cuban people.

A humorous, 40-minute dance created in 1981 with a group of students in Burdsall's living room sparked the formation of a unique dance-image-theater company named after that first work: Así Somos (The Way We Are). Burdsall created avant-garde works that utilized props such as plastic barrels illuminated with flashlights for striking effects, and introduced roasted pumpkin seeds to her audience from baskets onstage.

Lorna Burdsall was awarded the Cuban National Dance Prize for 2008.

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