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Press Release: Havana Rakatan, Peacock Theatre, 6 - 24 May 2014


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Havana Rakatan
Peacock Theatre WC2
Tuesday 6 – Saturday 24 May
Performances Tue - Sun at 7.30pm, Sat & Sun at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15- £42
Ticket office: 0844 412 43220844 412 43220844 412 43220844 412 4322 or www.sadlerswells.com

 

“The hottest, the coolest, the sexiest dancers in town. Irresistible” Sunday Express

 

One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions, Havana Rakatan returns to the West End’s Peacock Theatre for a fifth season from the 6 – 24 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 renowned for its party spirit. The impressive array of dance styles include ancient African rituals in which the dancers appear as African Gods and Goddesses, giving way to modern forms such as the mamba that caused scandal in the 1940’s, and the cha-cha-cha that defines the glamour and elegance of the Cuban woman in the 1950’s. This all culminates in the salsa, a spectacularly contagious 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.

 

“All the ingredients for a summer sizzler... will have you bouncing in your seats” Metro

 

Tickets for under 16s are half price, please contact the ticket office for more information

 

There will be a free post-show dance classes for ticket holders on Tuesdays 

 

 
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