One of Cuba's premiere cabaret shows. A steamy musical revue with an unmistakable Carnival atmosphere. Straight from the Parisian Cabaret of the world famous Hotel Nacional in Havana, get ready to Mambo!
Conceived as a musical voyage of the Cuban culture, the show provides a historical "tableaux" of musical influences from African and Spanish to Latin American and Caribbean. A "Hot" and "Sizzling" production with over 65 performers on stage and more than 600 dazzling and spectacular costumes
Created in 1995 the show has at the world famous Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba for the past 10 years. Presently performing six nights a week to well over 300,000 tourists annually. The show is a major tourist attraction.
"Cuban" has toured internationally in several countries:
1998 Canada - Casino de Montreal - Le Capitole (Quebec, City), Lebanon - Regency Palace Hotel (Beirut), Sweden - Estocolmo Theatre.
1999 Sain - Palma Carnival Grand Canary Island, Portugal - Casino de Figueira,
Mexico - Meya Theatre, Italy - Teatro de Bologna, Chile - Teatro de Santiago.
2000 Portugal - Casino de Figueira,
Canada - Kola Note (Montreal), Regent Casino (Winnipeg).
2001 Germany - Festival de Badem, Portugal - Casino de Figueira.
2003 Spain - Palma Carnival Grand Canary Island, Greece - Teatro Karamicoc de Atenas, Portugal - Palma Carnival Grand Canary Island, Casino Algarue.
2008 Mexico - Meya Theatre
The show takes you on a journey of the various musical styles that were originated in Cuba and are a key element in Cuban culture. Music is a way of life and form of expression the essence of the spirit of its people.
Rumba: having flourished as a Cuban-flavored commercial dance-music import in the Americas and Europe starting in the 1930s and continuing through the early 1960s, rumba on its native soil began as, and continues to be, informal, street dance music popular in lower-class urban black neighborhoods. Usually, three conga drums, a pair of palitos, a clave, and a lead vocalist and chorus (who sing in call-and-response fashion) accompany one or two dancers (the number depending on the style).
Bolero: A sentimental, danceable song genre originating in Cuba in the early 20th century, now popular throughout the Spanish Caribbean.
Salsa: Similar to Mambo in that both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music.
Contradanza: A 19th-century Cuban salon and popular dance and music genre. Although rhythmically tame by contemporary Afro-Cuban standards, the contradanza was scandalously syncopated for its time because it represented one of the earliest obvious entrances of African rhythm into Cuban music salons which had until then been a venue for strictly European forms like waltzes, quadrilles and schottisches.
Habanera: the muescendant of the contradanza, the habanera or contradanza habanera (Havana-style contradanza), the habanera's distinguishing musical feature is its short, repeating 2/4 rhythmic figure in the bass line.
Chachca: medium-tempo dance music in 4/4 that originated around 1953 in the charangas of Havana. A laid-back, simplified mambo.
Songo: A modern Afro-Cuban dance-music style originating in Havana, popularized in the 1970s by the group Los Van Van. Songo
Orisha in "Cuban" show
Santeria is derived from Nigeria. Santeria is a magico-religious system that has its roots in nature and natural forces. Each Orisha or Saint is identified with a force of nature and with a human interest or endeavor. Through song and dance the "Cuban" show ballet pays tribute to a few of the Saints (all associated with particular colors), which are representative in the costumes:
Chango (Red): The God of fire, thunder and lightning, but Chango is also the symbol of justice and protects his followers against enemies. Chango symbolizes passion and virility and is often invoked in works of seduction.
Oshun (Green): Symbolizes river waters, love and marriage. She is essentially the archetype of joy and pleasure.
Eleggua: (Red & Black) Known for his mischievous behavior and childlike appearance. As guardian of the gate he protects people's homes and controls their destinies. His colors are black and red.
Yemaya (Blue, White & Silver): Is identified with the seven seas, but is also the symbol of Motherhood and protects women in their endeavors. Eleggua symbolizes the crossroads and is the Orisha of change and destiny, the One who makes things possible or impossible. He symbolizes the balance of things.
Obatala (White): King of White Cloth. The father of all Orisha, the symbol of peace and purity.
A Carnival parade and celebration of LIFE and Cuba's evolution and history. The entire cast with the crowd participation symbolizes the harmony between all people of the world!