1st February – 3rd March, 2007
Octagon Theatre Bolton and National Tour
“Beautifully directed and the best part is you’re never far away from the rhythmic beat of Salsa and terrific dancing.”
[Manchester Evening News]
West Side Story meets Dangerous Liaisons with a dash of Tarantino, Nitro presented the world premiere of The Wedding Dance, a passionate love story where the movement and energy of salsa drives the explosive action. Set in the intense, hot environment of salsa clubs and the sensual surroundings of life in Havana, The Wedding Dance is a seductive story of aspiration and betrayal.
Cuban immigrant José is a modern Don Giovanni and magnificent dancer. With few opportunities on the horizon and growing increasingly embittered in his isolation from his homeland, he exploits his talent for teaching the most passionate dance of them all – salsa. José, surrounded by women who want to be with him and men who want to be like him, becomes a serial seducer and betrayer.
At a dance competition José is approached by Miranda, a young bride-to-be. Choosing to shake off her unadventurous image by dancing salsa as the first dance at her wedding, she wants José to teach her to dance. Miranda’s virginal innocence is irresistible, but tragically it is one seduction too far.
With sensational choreography, the production brings together the music of international salsa composer Alex Wilson, and dynamic storytelling and direction by Nitro’s Artistic Director Felix Cross.
Written and directed by Felix Cross MBE
Choreography & Co-Direction by Debra Michaels
Music: Alex Wilson
Design: Ruth Finn
Lighting Design: Ian Scott
Madeline Appiah: Miranda
Natasha Bain: Rita
Anthony Mark Barrow: Julian
Ben Bennett: Jonathan
David Gyasi: Jos
Daniel Hughes: Dancer
Ann Marie Lennon: Dancer /Dance Captain
Troy Titus-Adams: Kathleen
Zoriama Segon Valdes: Dancer
Ernesto De La Cruz Valdes: Dancer