From 1999-2003 I travelled to Cuba several times, drawn by the people, the culture, the dance. This video explores the great dance genre, Rumba.
“El Mio Es La Rumba” presents the rich Afro-Cuban art form, rumba through a dialogue between a teacher, Jesus Manuel Sophia, and his student, Jorge Luis Cintra. Woven throughout their conversation about the origin and sub-genres of rumba, are clips of men, women, and children dancing. The interaction between Jesus and Jorge reveals the parallel between the dance and their attitude towards life. Their dialogue captures characteristics of rumba: a tenacity of spirit, a relentless urge for creating beauty and sustaining it despite daily challenges, and a shared and co-created experience, which results in the building of relationships—between drummer, dancer, and spectator.