Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leads a public Latin American dance lesson, woven with hilarious stories of her experiences in the hidden world of dance halls in Canada. DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical environment to get even the most reluctant dancer up on her feet! Daring, sexy, and, above all, fun, Carmen’s performance consists of an extended salsa dance lesson that flows into her remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture and the forgotten origins of the salsa.
Everyone in the audience dances as the evening swiftly transforms into one of the dance halls Carmen vividly describes, bringing us deeply into one of Canada’s most unique milieus…the Latin American dance halls that most people have never heard of. Gather together to listen, move and be moved!
Directed by Brian Quirt
Designed by Michelle Ramsay
Produced by Christine Quintana
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About the artist: Nightswimming is a Toronto-based dramaturgical company with a national mandate focused on research, creation and performance through commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance. Nightswimming seeks out established performing arts companies as partners in an extended process leading to premiere productions. Through the creation of these new works, Nightswimming is devoted to advancing the field of dramaturgy – the exploration of theatrical stories and how they are told – and play development in Canada.
Broken Tailbone was commissioned and developed by Nightswimming with assistance from Aluna Theatre (Toronto), The Banff Centre Playwrights Colony and Playwrights Theatre Centre (Vancouver).
Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based writer, performer, and activist. Her many plays include the Nightswimming hit Blue Box (national tour to 12 cities, 2012-14), Refugee Hotel, and The Trigger. Her best-selling memoir Something Fierce won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads competition; her second memoir Mexican Hooker #1 was published worldwide in 2016.
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