Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home Preview

September 27th, 2011

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.