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 also celebrate 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 "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” at The AileyCitigroup 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 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.”