OYU ORO Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble
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 encouraging 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 also
celebrate the national 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 “Patakin” at
The AileyCitigroup Theater in November 2011, “Rezo a Babaluaye” at Hostos Center for the Arts
and Culture in December 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. 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.”