Cuban ballet brings sunshine to rainy London

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Ballet Revolucion
Ballet Revolucion photo by Karolina Przeklas

Sadler’s Wells introduces the UK premiere of Cuba’s spectacular ‘Ballet Revolucion’ from 25 April to 19 May as part of the ‘Sadler’s Wells is Dance’ season.

Ballet Revolucion is an explosive production of contemporary ballet and hip hop fusion. It’s being choreographed by Aron Cash, face of Johnny Walker’s worldwide advertising campaign ‘Human Keep Walking’ and Cuban born Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, best known for his involvement with Los Van Van, who put together the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed show, ‘Kings of Salsa’.

The dazzling opening night saw the stars come out despite the rain; they had nothing but praise for the show. Katie Piper said: “I was in a trance, the musicians are amazing, they guy on the congas blow me away, and the skill of the dancers is phenomenal.” Sue Pollard added: “Absolutely loved the passion and the joy of the performance, and it shows you what life really means, that we should live it.”

Dance is deeply ingrained on the island of sunshine, music and revolution, stretching back to the days of slavery. There is very little known about the ceremonial Areito and Arawak Indian dances but some actually believe that dance was born in Cuba. Professional dancing on the other hand is a relatively new phenomenon in Cuba but they’re catching up fast. Without a doubt, Cubans are amongst the best dancers in the world, just look at Carlos Acosta. Most of the dancers graduated from the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet School in Havana and despite being classically trained their ability to perform a wide variety of styles is absolutely mind blowing.

This great combination of different styles and music has already got Londoners excited and its received rave reviews in Australia.

Sadler’s Wells has welcomed to the capital some of the world’s most spectacular dance shows and it continues on with the tradition this May, tickets are selling fast.

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