The Latin Ballet of Virginia employs the expressive beauty of movement, richly detailed costuming and multi-media projections to celebrate Hispanic culture in all-encompassing, unique theatrical presentations. The group’s acclaimed production NuYoRican–a moniker created by combining the words “New York” and “Puerto Rican”–weaves together common threads in the lives of Puerto Ricans who migrated to New York City in the 1940s, and touches on the shaping of a new culture in a foreign land as the next, American-born generations straddle the line between two very different cultural identities.
Based on historical facts and first-hand accounts by Puerto Rican authors, NuYoRican explores through music and dance the hardships, triumphs and resilience of those who left everything familiar for the promise of a new life. The work captures the essence of Puerto Rico’s vibrant cultural expressions with mambos, salsas, Latin jazz and reggaeton, while honoring the island’s blend of Spanish and African roots with historical, percussion-driven dances like “la plena” and “la bomba.”
$15 adult, $12 seniors/students