Guaguanco: The Rumba Musical
Guaguancó: The Rumba Musical (also known as Guaguancó:
Oyelo Bien in Spanish) is available for touring.
This musical extravaganza pays tribute to the history of the popular
Cuban Rumba. It traces the African rhythms that gave birth to the
Rumba at the end of the 19th century through its evolution as a
contributor to what is known today as Salsa. The production fuses
the traditional with the modern, the authentic with the commercial.
It depicts the story of the people who created the authentic rumba
and its transcendence from Havana's shipping docks during the Spanish
Colonial period to the Solares (ghettos) ending with a contemporary
celebration of the dance today in Miami Beach, Florida.
It is theater inside the theater: drama, comedy, audience interaction
and an array of dances and rhythms so exciting that an audience
member from last year's performance at the Coconut Grove Theater
funded a second, surprise encore performance at the Manuel Artime
photos from the encore performance
Choreography/Script: Neri Torres
Music: Rene Toledo, Neri Torres and Traditional Cuban
Photos courtesy of salsafoto.com & Tomas Loewy