|Oyu Oro is the brainchild of Danys "La Mora" Perez ─ international Afro-Cuban folklore
performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba. The company
is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore as well as to encourage the cross-
cultural understanding of the dance and music forms derived from African culture. While
Oyu Oro’s traditional repertoire pays tribute to African lineages derived from the Yoruba,
Congo, Carabali,Arará and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti, the popular dance
choreographies alsocelebrate the national popular Cuban heritage.
In February 2007, Oyu Oro presented the world premiere of "Palenque," an epic poem
in Afro-Cuban folklore and the company's first evening length work, at La Mama Annex
Stage. La Mora assembled a gathering of seasoned Afro-Cuban artists in America, including
20-plus New York-based dancers, vocalists and musicians. This unprecedented two-week
event was greeted with rave reviews and sold-out audiences.
Since then, Oyu Oro has premiered number of presentations, which include "Siete Mares" in
December 2016, "Antillean Ode" in June 2015, "El Iyawo" in June 2014, the sold out
production of "Patakin: El Reino de Los Orishas" in June 2013, "Fiesta Cubana" at Target
Passport Fridays at Queens Museum of Art in July 2012, "Destellos Africanos Cubanos" at
Dance Africa at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in May 2012, “Patakin: Chango” at The
Ailey Citigroup Theater in November 2011, “Rezo a Babaluaye” at Hostos Center for the Arts
and Culture in December 2011, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out stage in July 2013 and 2011, "El
Poder de Mi Folklore" during the WOFABE African Dance and Drum Festival at NJ
Symphony Hall in November 2010,"Fusion Afro Caribe"during the World City Series at
Music Center of Los Angeles in October 2010, "Fusion Caribena" during the Houston
International Festival in April 2010, "Tributo" during Heritage Sunday at the Lincoln Center
Out of Doors in August 2009,"Ceremonial de la Danza" during the Chase Latino Cultural
Festival at Queens Theatre in July 2009, "Maferefun" at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High
School in November 2008, "Raices y Estampas Cubanas" at LaGuardia Performing Arts
Center in Queens in October 2008 and "Cubaila" during the Fourth Annual CubaCaribe Dance
and Music Festival in San Francisco in April 2008 etc.
Since 2009, Oyu Oro has been one of the key members of the artist rosters represented by the
Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Oyu Oro aspires to create a work that will serve as an informational tool for the researchers
in the academic field as well as a source of enjoyment for audiences of all ages and
multicultural backgrounds who seek a greater development of "art among people.”