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Vamos Cuba! at Birmingham Hippodrome

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Cuban Carnival Atmosphere In New Dance Show
Bringing the spirit, carnival atmosphere and dancers of Cuba to Birmingham, Vamos Cuba! is a specially-commissioned new dance show.

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Straight from Cuba, a dance show with a difference


Birmingham Hippodrome has helped bring this exciting piece of work to the UK with Sadler's Wells. It means Vamos Cuba! will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from November 1 to 5.

From the same creators of Havana Rakatan, this new dance production is set in a hectic Havana Airport where the audience follows an assortment of characters from staff to lovers and families saying their farewells.

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Vamos Cuba! is set in Havana Airport


Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra is behind Vamos Cuba! and has included an eclectic mix of dance styles from salsa to rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton.

Fiona Allan, chief executive and artistic director of Birmingham Hippodrome, said: "Vamos Cuba! is like being at a party for a few hours. I went to Cuba to see them rehearsing this production and they are incredibly passionate and talented people."

She added: "The show is set is Havana Airport, which is a place where people often say goodbye to their loved ones not knowing if they will see them again. Cubans are desperate to travel. It's hard for them to do so but they all dream of what it's like to travel the world. It's in their DNA."

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Feel the passion and dance of Cuba in Vamos Cuba!


A live band led by Julito Padron provides the carnival soundtrack for the Cuban dancers.

Vamos Cuba! is a Sadler's Wells production that is co-produced with Blacon Productions, Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Suzanne Walker, executive producer at Sadler's Wells, said: "We didn't want something based on the old cliches but something that would capture the excitement of Cuba now. It's an exciting time of change there and this captures the energy of the younger generation."

Vamos Cuba!
Birmingham Hippodrome
November 1 - 5, 2016
Tickets cost from 12 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.
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Why? Experience the dance and passion of Cuba
When: November 1 - 5, 2016
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: From 12
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