Extended run for Cuban show at the Peacock Theatre
Congas Productions presents
Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC2
Wednesday 23 May – Saturday 23 June 2007
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Sat matinee at 2.30pm, Sun at 4pm
Tickets: £15 – £38
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4322 www.sadlerswells.com
The intoxicating rhythms of Cuban dance and music burst onto the West End stage with the UK premiere of Havana Rakatan at the Peacock Theatre from Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 23 June 2007. From the sultry rumba to the slick footwork of the cha-cha-cha, 14 dancers perform a captivating and colourful display of Cuba’s many vibrant dance forms. Set to live music by the Cuban-based son band Turquino, choreographer Nilda Guerra and her company present the passion and exuberance of a country famous for its rich music and dance heritage.
A Sadler’s Wells production, Havana Rakatan demonstrates the wide range of Cuba’s music and dance which stems from a fusion of Spanish culture and African spiritual beliefs. In this dazzling production, flamenco, yoruba and Afro-Haitian rhythms as well as jazz, mambo and bolero, give way to the modern forms of salsa which originated in the early twentieth century salon dances.
Taking their name from Cuba’s highest peak, Turquino specialises in traditional Cuban dance music called son. With its roots in Afro-Cuban music, son is the foundation of modern salsa and combines instruments such as the tres, guitar, trumpet, bongo, güiro and vocals, as well as being considered the first musical genre to use drums played with bare hands. After performing all over the world and becoming a household name in Cuba, this eight-piece band bring their infectious sound to the London stage, forming an integral part of the show.
Founded in 2001 by former dancer Nilda Guerra, Ballet Rakatan is regarded as one of the most talented and versatile groups of dancers to emerge from Cuba in many years. Most of the dancers are graduates of the renowned Escuela Nacional de Arte de la Habana, combining contemporary dance training with every aspect of Cuban dance and Latin styles. Between 2003 and 2006, Ballet Rakatan toured extensively in Switzerland and Italy and made their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer.
Nilda Guerra began her professional career in 1993 as a dancer at Havana’s Teatro Lírico.
From 1995 until 1997 she performed with Tony Menéndez Company after which she spent a year with the Yordance Company in 1998 as a dancer and choreographer. In 2001 she created the Ballet Rakatan company, becoming its general artistic director, choreographer and dancer with the ensemble.
Press night: Thursday 24 May 2007 at 7.30pm
Free post-performance salsa classes for ticket holders are held every Friday night during the run.
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