Performing for the first time in the United States, Havana Rakatan "will have you bouncing in your seat!" (Metro, UK) This "stunning slice of Havana life" (The Independent, UK) is an exuberant exploration of Cuban dance and music—from Afro-Haitian rhythms to mambo to sizzling modern salsa. Led by Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, Havana Rakatan made its hugely successful debut in London, where Time Out London proclaimed it "rip-roaring entertainment," and worldwide audiences have found it "irresistible!" (Sunday Express)
"Havana Rakatan is such infectious feel good entertainment, I’d already mentally booked a flight to Cuba by the time the curtain went down."
–Lyndsey Winship, The Stage, UK
Havana Rakatan is presented by New York City Center in association with Sadler’s Wells London and Congas Productions.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours (including one intermission)
Join us for these pre-show events in our beautiful grand tier lobby! Events are free to all ticketholders.
Friday, Feb 20, 6:45pm
Mambo Lesson – All levels welcome
Saturday, Feb 21, 12:45pm
Cuban Drumming Lesson – For children of all ages
Saturday, Feb 21, 6:45pm
Salsa Lesson – All levels welcome
Sunday, Feb 22, 12:45pm
Cuban Dance Variety Lesson – For children of all ages
Also, head to our lobby for
A Snapshot of Contemporary Cuban & Cuban-American Art
This month-long art exhibition features some of the most relevant Cuban and Cuban-American artists working today, and is anchored by two large-scale works from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Emilio Perez. His two pieces—the diptych dreaming out of season and the monumental 40-foot-long abstract work Footprints on the Ceiling—employ Perez’s signature technique of applying paint, building layer upon layer, and then “drawing” into the painting with a blade. Transitions also features La Isla (The Island) and Diaspora by Leslie Sardinias, whose work was recently the focus of a solo show at The 8th Floor gallery, as well as a variety of two-dimensional works by Glenda Leòn, Alexandre Arrechea, and Roberto Diago, courtesy of Magnan Metz Gallery. The video art wall in City Center’s central lobby displays pieces by Glenda Leòn and Alexandre Arrechea, also courtesy of Magnan Metz Gallery.