|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.”