Following a smash-hit run at London’s Peacock Theatre in 2007, the intoxicating rhythms of Cuban dance and music return for the first UK tour of Congas Production’s Havana Rakatan.
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 renowned Cuban-based son band Turquino, together with sensational vocalist Geydi Chapman, choreographer Nilda Guerra and her company present a stunning slice of life Havana-style, with all the passion and exuberance of a country famous for its rich music and dance heritage.
“A brilliant band and the dancer’s energy is infectious” The Guardian
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.
Touring The UK in spring 2008 including Glasgow, Brighton and Birmingham before returning to London’s Peacock Theatre for a four week run in May.
Venues and dates listed below please see website for more details
Fri 21 – Sat 29 March Churchill Theatre Bromley
Tue 1 – Sat 5 April
New Wimbledon Theatre
Tue 8 – Sat 12 April Kings Theatre Glasgow
Mon 14 – Wed 16 April
Thu 17 – Sun 20 April Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 22 – Sat 26 April
Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent
Thu 1 – Sat 3 May
Thu 8 – Sat 10 May
The Lowry, Salford
Tue 13 – Sat 17 May
New Victoria Theatre Woking
Wed 21 May – Sun 22 June
The Peacock Theatre, London
Images are available from: www.sadlerswells.com/pressimages
Watch the video at: http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Havana-Rakatan-08