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Press Release: Vamos Cuba! at Sadler's Wells this summer

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A Sadler’s Wells Production

¡Vamos Cuba!                                             

Tuesday 26 July – Sunday 21 August

Tickets: £12 - £45

Performances: Tue - Sat at 7.30pm, Sat mats 2.30pm, Suns 2pm & 6pm

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com



¡Vamos Cuba!, brings an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern Cuban dance styles to Sadler’s Wells this summer, receiving its World Premiere on the main stage from Tuesday 26 July – Sunday 21 August 2016


Choreographed by Nilda Guerra¡Vamos Cuba! (Let’s Go Cuba!) is a spectacular new Sadler’s Wells Production created by the team behind the smash-hit Havana Rakatan.


Set in the chaos of Havana airport, where families are parted, lovers reunited and time flies when you’re having fun, the show evokes the joys and vibrancy of Cuban life with all the passion and humour that embodies the Cuban spirit.


The high-energy production includes salsa, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, performed by a band led by Julito Padron, a DJ and a cast of the most sizzling dancers Cuba has to offer. Experience the joyous spirit of Havana as ¡Vamos Cuba! reveals contemporary Cuban culture through a mix of music and dance.


Internationally established choreographer and director Nilda Guerra began her professional career in 1993 as a dancer at Havana’s Teatro Lírico. In 2001 she founded Ballet Rakatan, one of Cuba’s most prestigious dance companies, performing on world renowned stages including Sydney Opera House, New York City Center, Le Carre Theatre, Tokyo City Hall and Oslo Opera House among others. Havan Rakatan has been seen by more than 200,000 people worldwide and has enjoyed six West End seasons at the Peacock.

Julito Padronwidely recognized in Havana as one of the most promising jazz musicians coming out of Cuba, is a member of Irakere the Cuban jazz band led by Chucho Valdés. While continuing his association with the famous band, he is developing his own repertoire and assembling his own group. An alumni of the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Padrón anchors his art in the Cuban musical tradition. His professional career includes working with masters Ignacio Piñeiro and Adalberto Alvarez. As outside influences, Julio Padrón acknowledges American jazz and Brazilian music.





Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. 


Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 100 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and two International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its New Wave Associates and Summer University programmes, its Wild Card initiative and hosting of the National Youth Dance Company.


Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. 


Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 

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