Spanish Harlem biography
The Soul of New York's Spanish Harlem
a hot show of Latin music, song & dance

New York's 'Spanish Harlem' district is world-famous for its Latino sub-culture. This eponymous show takes the viewer on a journey through time from the 20s to the present. Virtuoso music and dance are accompanied by a multi-vision with images from various eras. You feel right in the middle of the backyards and club scene of 'Spanish Harlem'. A latino sextet mestering all grooves, three singers and twelve award-winning dancers make this "hot show of Latin music, song & dance" an experience for all the senses.

A total of 20 performers in changing costumes. From the glamorous 1920's to the soul and flower power era of the 60's to the present day, where hip-hop and break-dance thrive their style. Every decade has its own history, musical direction, the right clothes and, of course, its dance styles: Mambo, Conga, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa or La Pachanga.

So one is not only entertained well, but also learns about the zeitgeist through a convincingly narrated "storyline". Also about the artists shaping the epochs and the life of the Latinos, who made it or failed. Harlem is named after the Dutch city Haarlem, but when in 1917 many immigrants from Puerto Rico settled here, the nickname "Spanish Harlem" came up. The immigrant Latinos came with the hope and the dream to find a better life here. In their luggage, they also brought with them a lot of music that marked American culture remarkably over the next 100 years. Without this influence, jazz would never have become what it is today. Also the marriage of Soul and Gospel with Latin music produced a very special baby named "Boogaloo" or "Latin Soul".

The show is a tribute to great artists such as Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Mink de Ville to international superstars such as Marc Anthony.

From New York's Spanish Harlem, Latin Music began its triumphal march through the world. The district itself may have set patina today. And wealthy yuppies are driving up rents and making life difficult for Hispanic immigrants. But there is still a conspicuous Latino scene that clings to its cultural heritage and beloved district.


MEDIA QUOTES
Spanish Harlem lets the sun shine in the theater. Superhot Latin dance show
Dynamic theater show. 5 Stars
Great music and amazing dancers. Highly recommended
A very interesting and swinging piece of music history

Lucas van Merwijk (Netherlands) • drums, musical and artistic director

Yma America (Venezuela)• vocals
Gianna Tam (Surinam) • vocals and percussion
Ramon Mendeville (Spain)• vocals
Samuel Ruiz Aleman (Venezuela) • bass
Abel Marcel (Cuba) • piano
Juan Viloria (Venezuela) • percussion
Oscar Cordero (Venezuela) • trumpet
Ilja Reijngoud (Netherlands) • trombone 

Choreography • Miguel Arduin, Rianne Foekema
Director • Titus Tiel Groenestege, Lucas van Merwijk
Historical advice • Ira and Harriett Goldwasser
Production • Roosje den Hertog | Tam Tam Productions
Sound technician • Julio Hernandez
Light Design • Sandra Schenke