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"Heartbeats" Spain and the Afro-Caribbean Connection

Sunday, October 09, 2022 @ 2:30pm

Avenel Performing Arts Center
150 Avenel Street, Avenel, NJ 07001

Drums, the heartbeat of music and dance and communal communicators of cultures are the inspiration for Alborada’s exciting new production, Heartbeats! Alborada and its Guest Artists, West African Dancer, Amazonas and Puerto Rican Bomba Master, Nelson Baez and Los Cimarrones, will fill the stage with riveting Drum and Dance Dialogues tracing the three roots of Afro-Caribbean Music and Dance. Alborada takes you on a journey through centuries of music and dance from Spain’s age of exploration and colonization to the present day with fabulous traditional costumes and live music. Audiences of all ages will be dazzled by pounding feet, strumming guitars, cajón tapas, clicking castanets, twirling fans, parasols, flying ruffles and fringed shawls in Alborada’s Bailes de las Ida y Vuelta, Flamenco dance and music inspired by the Caribbean as well as the driving rhythms and high power dances and drumming of Africa and Puerto Rico. 

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. About the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre Through dance, drama and music, Alborada’s passionate artistry reveals the many diverse and historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. Both entertaining and educational, the variety of its repertoire runs the artistic gamut of Spanish Flamenco and traditional dances, to Hispanic, Celtic, Moorish cultural influences and beyond. As stated by Tammy LaGorce, New York Times, Alborada is “awhirl in drama and color”. Visit www.alboradadance.org for more information. Alborada can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alborada.dance  

Tickets: $32 General - $27 Seniors/Students More information: call 732-598-3979 or visit www.alboradadance.org

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