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Havana Rakatan returns to the West End’s Peacock Theatre

Havana RakatanOne of Sadler’s Wells’ foremost productions, Havana Rakatan, returns to the West End’s Peacock Theatre for a fifth season from the 6th to 24th May 2014. Originally the dream of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, the show has now toured around the world to rave reviews.

Bringing the rhythm and soul of Havana to London, Havana Rakatan tells the story of over 500 years of dancing in the Caribbean island famous for its party spirit. The brilliant array of dance styles include ancient African rituals in which the dancers appear as African Gods and Goddesses, leading on to modern forms such as the mamba that caused scandal in the 1940s, and the cha-cha-cha that defines the glamour and elegance of the Cuban woman in the 1950s. This all culminates in the salsa, a spectacularly catching mixture of all these forms.

The show features live music courtesy of famous Cuban eight piece Son band Turquino. With its roots in Afro-Caribbean music, Son is the foundation of modern salsa. The vocal talent of the show is provided by lead singer Geydi Chapman, who has received much critical praise.

A captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country, Havana Rakaktan is performed by one of the most talented and versatile group of dancers to come out of Cuba.

Nilda Guerra is general artistic director, choreographer and dancer with the ensemble. She founded the company in 2001 after scouring the length and breadth of the republic looking for quality dancers. She began her professional career in 1993 as a dancer at Havana’s Teatro Lírico. From 1995 until 1997 Nilda performed with Tony Menéndez Company after which she spent a year with the Yordance Company in 1998 as a dancer and choreographer.

Tickets for under 16s are half price, please contact the ticket office for more information
There will be a free post-show dance class for ticket holders on Tuesday.

Thursday 20th February 2014

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