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Venezuela Viva

“Riverdance  from  Latin  America  – and  therefore  much  sexier. A magnificent dance show that can’t fail to entertain.” THE SCOTSMAN *****

A vibrant, colourful musical extravaganza with spectacular dance numbers, fabulous costumes and sensational Caribbean and South American rhythms. 15 gorgeous dancers and a 11-piece band create a spectacle bursting with tropical energy and flamenco passion.

It is a choreographic fantasy based on flamenco mixed with Moorish rhythms, Venezuelan joropo, energetic zapateos, Afro-Venezuelan tambor and Caribbean salsa.  It tells the story of origin, history and contemporary life of Venezuela.  Like the choreography, the music is complex and composed especially for the show. From Arab origins and medieval and classic components Venezuelan music acknowledges African influences and indigenous elements to create a unique sound full of folklore with  intricate and fascinating rhythms.

What the Press says…

Terrific dancers appear at breathtaking speed in a sequence of sensational costumes. Venezuela Viva is pretty much Riverdance from Latin America (and therefore much sexier) and is intended to sell Venezuela much the way Flatley sold Ireland.  It is a fabulous show.
THE HERALD - Arts Editor’s Festival Diary

An extravaganza of dance and passion makes for probably the most exciting history lesson you’ll ever experience. They information they impart gives context to the movement and an insight into this fascinating country. A magnificent dance show that can’t fail to entertain.
THE SCOTSMAN

Vivid choreography, danced with grace and exuberance … you just want to jump on the next plane to Venezuela.
THE INDEPENDENT

A stunning group of dancers and musicians. If only all history lessons were this interesting. Truly a spectacle.
THE LIST

In many ways this is a Venezuelan Riverdance, complete with booming voice-over and dancers who personify strands of culture to relay the story of a unique people.  A great big tropical burst of colour and energy guaranteed to put a smile on the most sombre Festival face.
SUNDAY HERALD

More sequins and floral garlands than a Mardi Gras float … topped with a Caribbean shimmy. It’s one big party.
THE GUARDIAN

Twelve Latin lovelies and a tight band deliver a hip-shimmying history lesson with sequins on top.
SUNDAY HERALD Critics’ Choice

The 5th best selling show out of 1800 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
METRO

 

Audience Profile

The show is aimed at a family theatre market and this has been borne out by the audience profile of over 8000 ticket buyers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  While dance in essence, this production is a musical in its delivery. This means that it caters to a broad range of audience from teenagers to classic dance lovers.

Individual company members could be also available to give dance or music workshops to either school or adult education groups.

Style

It is a vibrant and colourful musical extravaganza with spectacular dance numbers, fabulous costumes and sensational Caribbean and South American rhythms. 12 gorgeous dancing girls and an 11-piece band creating a spectacle bursting with tropical energy and flamenco passion.

Venezuela Viva! is a choreographic fantasy based on flamenco mixed with Moorish rhythms, Venezuelan joropo, energetic zapateos, Afro-Venezuelan tambor and Caribbean salsa.  It tells the story of the origins, history and contemporary life of Venezuela.

Venezuela is the only country in South America in which flamenco took root. It assimilated elements from Andalusian, African and indigenous cultures to become a new form of flamenco and truly Venezuelan.

Like the choreography, the music is complex and composed especially for the show. From Arab origins and medieval and classic components Venezuelan music acknowledges African influences and indigenous elements to create a unique sound full of folklore with  intricate and fascinating rhythms.  Harp, maracas, violin, keyboards, voice, quarto, bandola, flamenco box and drums combine ingeniously to create a seductive fusion of beats.

Technical Rider

The show is produced in two versions to suit different stage sizes.

Show length: 1 hour 40 minutes (plus 20 minute interval)
Set-up: 10 hours fit-up time before curtain up.
Lighting desk and video control must be placed next to each other where possible.
Control Sound desk must be placed approx. in central position in the audience zone
The company requires 2 local female dressers with good command of Spanish language. Alternatively another 2 people should be added to the company coming from Caracas.
The company consists of 37 people: 26 artistic and 11 managerial and technical staff.

A. Version with live musicians on stage
15 Dancers
9 Musicians
8 Technical / Stage crew
1 Choreographer / Artistic Director
1 Tour Manager
1 Producer
35 people in the touring company


B. Version without musicians
15 Dancers
8 Technical / Stage crew
1 Choreographer / Artistic Director
1 Tour Manager
1 Producer
26 people in the touring company

In both cases the Director and a Universal Arts representative will be required to attend the rehearsals period and the first two performance days.

For details of accommodation needs and all costs, please phone (+44 131) 478 0195 or e-mail: admin@universal-arts.co.uk

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