Congas Productions & Sadler's Wells HAVANA RAKATAN (Cuba/UK)

17/02/2009 - 21/02/2009

Direct from a sell-out run in London's West End, Havana Rakatan is now bringing all the heat of a Cuban summer to Melbourne in a high-octane Cuban dance spectacular.

Set to live music courtesy of Cuba's well-known son band Turquino, Havana Rakatan is a captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country. Taking the audience on a rhythmic voyage through Cuban history, from the flamenco brought by colonial invasion to songs, stories, dances and stories of Congolese and Yoruba slaves, Havana Rakatan weaves traditional jazz, mambo, bolero, son and salsa with modern hip hop and reggaeton in a colourful and joyful explosion of the old and the new.

Dazzling audiences worldwide with its display of Cuban colour, passion and exuberance, Havana Rakatan is guaranteed to get heads nodding and feet tapping from the sights and sounds of one of the world's most soulful and vibrant cities.

"Such infectious feel good entertainment, I'd already mentally booked a flight to Cuba by the time the curtain went down"  The Stage

"Will have you bouncing in your seat"  Metro

"Rip-roaring entertainment... expectations were fulfilled to the point of a full-throated standing ovation"  Time Out 


MELBOURNE
The Arts Centre
17-21 Feburary 2009