The scintillating spectacular Vamos Cuba!, from acclaimed Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, returns to London to whisk audiences away to Havana.
Vamos Cuba! is set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, where activity is frantic: families are parted, lovers reunited and time flies when you’re having fun. In a place of new beginnings and old romances, where reality calls and dreams take flight, we experience the joys and vibrancy of Cuban life, with all the passion and laughter that embodies the Cuban spirit, in a brilliant blend of the country’s culture.
Vamos Cuba! is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, with a live band led by Rodney Barreto and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer, along with new lighting by Guy Hoare. The show received its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells last summer, and returns to the West End to bring some Cuban sunshine to Autumn in London.
Internationally established choreographer and director Nilda Guerra is the creator of the smash-hit Havana Rakatan, which has been seen by more than 200,000 people worldwide. She 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. Ahead of Vamos Cuba!’s return to London, Nilda Guerra collaborated with Cal McCrystal (best known for his physical comedy work on shows including One Man Two Guvnors) during early development of the production.
Born in Havana in 1984, Rodney Barreto has been a percussionist from a very young age and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in Cuba. He has performed with Chucho Valdes, Isaac Delgado and Omara Portuondo. His numerous awards include a Grammy Award in 2016 for the Chucho Valdez CD and DVD Live in Marciac, and the Cubadisco Award for best record with Drums La Habana in 2010.
The high-energy production exudes the joyous spirit of Havana and reveals contemporary Cuban culture through a mix of music, dance, and the stories of the characters waiting in Havana airport.
Please Note: Under 5s are not admitted to this event.
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