Havana nirvana for Cuban music and dance in Bar at Buena Vista
THE spirit of Havana’s social clubs of the 1940s and ’50s will return when The Bar at Buena Vista opens in Adelaide this weekend for the start of a national tour.
Dance icon Eric Turro will bring his trademark hybrid of street and salon style moves to the mix, alongside 78-year-old Cuban diva Siomara Avilla Valdes Lescay and Havana-born trumpeter Lazaro Numa.
Eric first toured here with The Bar at Buena Vista in 2004, when he met his now-wife, Australian-born dancer Chantal. They married five years later, have a two-year-old daughter, Chantalla — and now call the Gold Coast their second home.
“The show is about the grandfathers of Cuban music … the last remaining stars of Buena Vista are in the show,’’ Chantal said.
“Eric is actually the only Cuban salon dancer in the world today preserving the street styles of Cuban dance … he’s now recognised by UNESCO.
“Son Cubano (music and dance style) is where salsa originated from but this is the original street style.’’
Eric was also honoured by late President Fidel Castro for his cultural contribution during that country’s millennium celebrations in 2000, and will perform with his dance partner from Havana, Wendy Alvarez.
The Bar at Buena Vista, which also stars 95-year-old Cuban vocalist Ignacio “Mazacote” Carrillo, is at the Festival Theatre on Saturday at 8pm. Book at BASS.