Cuba Goes Tap

The Kennedy Center for the Arts

Cuba Goes Tap is a project conceived and directed by Keyla Orozco, featuring acclaimed Austrian-American Tap dancer Max Pollak, creator of RumbaTap, a style that merges American Rhythm Tap with Afro-Cuban music and dance.

Through the original and versatile dance style of Pollak and the wide-ranging abilities of the selected musicians, the show brings the audience a unique experience that defies what is commonly known about Cuban music and tap dance. Cuba Goes Tap presents classical and contemporary-classical Cuban music by composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, re-imagined with Tap improvisation. Central focus of the program is Orozco's Traveling Shoe Stories, a work especially written for Max Pollak and a chamber ensemble (made thanks to the financial support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund), in which Cuban and Venezuelan folk music, western classical tradition, jazz, improvisation, and tap dance live harmoniously together.

Written and improvised music and dance have equal roles in the show, which opens with a RumbaTap solo improvisation.

The program may vary in length; slight modifications in the content may take place according to the context of each specific performance.

Cuba Goes Tap had its world premiere on March 22nd, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at Werkgebouw Het Veem, presented by Essential Arts Foundation as a part of the Series ‘Toets des tijds’, and performed by the ensemble Camerata Cubana de Amsterdam.

​The US premiere took place on May 18th, 2018 at Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as a part of 'Artes de Cuba' Festival.