Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Havana, Cuba Vibra
“It’s a hot Havana night when Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba brings the heat in an irresistible fusion of ballet, flamenco, cha-cha, rumba, conga, bolero and salsa. With superior synchronicity, 18 dancers fill the stage with flavorful finesse as they seamlessly dance in lockstep to the Afro-Cuban beats and vocal virtuosity of an on-stage big band. Celebrating Cuban music and dance from the ’50s to today, boisterous Latin rhythms electrify the air in CUBA VIBRA!”
A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to see “Cuba Vibra” at the Victory Theatre! This performance allows you to travel in time from the 1950’s until the present day through dance and music. “Cuba Vibra!” incorporates aspects of authentic Cuban music and dance such as cha-cha, rumba, conga etc… while fusing it with other influences such as flamenco and ballet, and certain American influences such as an African-American Dance, “The Stick Dance”.
Having gone to Cuba and being much in tune with the Cuban culture and arts, I was really looking forward to this show but also had very high expectations. My overall impression of the show was that Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Havana is amazing and has very talented dancers! However, I was somewhat disappointed with the overall show because I thought that certain aspects were watered down, specifically pieces that were meant to represent Afro-Cuban music and dance such as the orisha piece.
Although I know that this performance and dance company is heavily based on fusion, I felt like the performance was altered to attract a broader audience and as a result certain aspects of its authenticity were compromised. Nevertheless, It was a great show with great dancers/performers who wore beautiful costumes; I would definitely recommend it! My overall rating of the show is 4.5 out 5.
Numerical Review: Overall show 4.5
(Performance/Performers 4.8, Costumes 4.8, Ticket Prices 4.1, Authenticity 4.1) = 4.5/5
“Cuba Vibra” is Now showing at the Victory Theatre Nov. 13th – Nov. 29th (Saturdays & Sundays, 2 shows each day). The following link has the full schedule and ticket info! http://www.newvictory.org/Show-Detail?ProductionId=6788
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