"Osnel Delgado, the co-founder, artistic director, resident choreographer, and a dancer in the company is a spirit that I connected with immediately. His process is driven by their story, a keen vision for stage pattern and a wonderful use of music. His composer is Arturo O'Farrill, a superstar in the Cuban American jazz scene and someone I’ve enjoyed listening to since I was a child. So many things were hitting right for me," Crawford explains. "Working in the theater in Havana was a wonderful experience. Teatro Marti, a recently renovated theater that went under for many years of disrepair was a beautiful space for the company premiers. I taught the local crew a number of things about how their lighting system worked and they certainly taught me a lot about their culture. It was a great partnership. My associate, Manuel Da Silva, went back to Havana this fall to develop Dreaming of Lions prior to it coming to the US.
"One of the greatest joys was training their stage manager, Diana Rosa Hernandez Fernandez. I met Diana on my first day in Havana and she was presented to me as the stage manager. She was eager, but with limited experience and my language barrier it appeared to be a challenge. In a matter of days, she called a perfect evening of dance, and three years later has become one of the best dance stage mangers I know."