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Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home Preview

By Michelle Michalos
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
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Cuban American choreographer Pedro Ruiz (Photo courtesy of Alex Lowther)

In Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home, acclaimed choreographer Pedro Ruiz returns to his native Cuba for a collaboration with Cuba’s premiere modern dance troupe, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, to create a dance about Cuba, after receiving special permission from both the U.S. and Cuban governments.

As much a personal journey as a professional one, Ruiz visits his hometown, Santa Clara, for the first time in 30 years, and is reunited with his godfather and his childhood best friend. Likewise, when the dancers come to New York City for their first-ever trip to the United States, they express their feelings about a country most thought they would never have the chance to see.

The program is part of Cantos Latinos, THIRTEEN’s special Hispanic Heritage Month programming block dedicated to the contributions and unique stories of Latinos.

Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home premieres Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Watch a preview:

Go behind the scenes of Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home in an interview with director Julie Cohen.

From the stage to the street, watch dance excerpts from the film.


  • Shari

    This was a FANTASTIC piece! One could really feel the emotional release of the dancers as one watched them. In being a former student of Alvin Ailey, I thought to myself that I had only seen that passion with the Ailey troops and then did a little web surfing to learn that Pedro does teach there. WAY TO GO!!!! You are definitely blessed! As are all the dancers from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. Just FABUOLOUS!!!! I’d love to see your troop perform sometime. Do you have a performance schedule for the remainder of the year? Or for next year?

  • Mimi

    I love this piece! Thank you for showing this, makes me proud to be Cuban (American)!

  • Barbara

    What a fascinating program – on so many levels! To gain some insights into the creative process for dance, and follow Pedro’s journey was incredibly moving. Pedro is clearly a gifted intellectual stimulating creator, but to view that public part of him with the ‘back story’ of returning to Cuba and revisiting the places and culture that shaped him is a very meaningful and inspiring story. And the dancers and the dance! I hope that every fan of dance, the arts, and the celebration of the creative spirit get to see this program.

  • cary

    i miss the show went again,thanks