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A Musical by IVAN BELAUSTEGUI
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What is ALMA?

ALMA is a musical saga that portrays the story of Yaya, a female warrior and leader of an African village, captured and taken by force to the slave trade in Cuba at the end of the 16th century.

Centuries later, through the life of Alma, Yaya's descendant, we see how that African heritage evolved into a lifestyle full of color, rhythm and movement.

The story is told through 13 captivating scenes, divided into two acts. With all of its original music composed to follow this script, the show is designed to amaze its audience, through the use of majestic choreographies, flashy acrobatics, dreamy aerials and shadow theater.

ALMA follows the evolution of a culture from its origins, through its darkest period and to the emergence of a new way of life, in a distant land, as a consequence of it all.

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Act 1

The History Line

We follow the ordeal of Yaya and her African clan; at first living freely on their native homeland and later on how they are all captured by a group of European slavers, their journey across the ocean,

their auction as slaves followed by their rebellion.

The first act ends with Yaya leading them to freedom, like they used to be but now on a foreign and distant land.

Act 2

The Lifestyle

The second act happens 400 years later in a typical "solar" habanero ( multifamily apartments that were once rooms with a central patio) during the course of one full day.

We see Alma, Yaya's descendant, as she struggles her way out of the solar towards the realization of her own dreams.

This second act clearly shows how deeply ingrained the African influence is rooted in the way of life of contemporary Cuba by

exploring the music and dance styles that have emerged from their African heritage.

The second act is more theatrical, full of movement and music.

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TEASER
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STAGING
MUSIC
Efraín Chibás (Pacho)

The music of Alma is a sound journey that begins with some of the instruments built and played in Africa during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. To locate the viewer, we fuse their sounds with symphonic instruments and, during the various scenes, we address genres and styles such as arará, neoclassical, iyesá, odduddúa, flamenco, electronic, symphonic rock in chamber format, palo monte, minimalism, contemporary choral , guaracha, salsa, conga, columbia, bolero, latin jazz, guaguancó, chachachá, swing, among others.
More than a hundred musicians participated in the recording of the music for Alma, composed almost entirely by Efraín Chibás and based on the script by Iván Belaustegui and choreographies by Joan Morell.

CHOREOGRAPHY
Joan Morell

The choreographies are an infinite journey through different dance expressions necessary to narrate Alma's story. The inspiration comes from the script itself, and thus we develop characters pushed to the limits in their artistic expression. As an artist, the same interpreter can sing, dance, act and, at the same time, develop his musicality through dance rhythms.

CHOREOGRAPHY
Joan Morell

The choreographies are an infinite journey through different dance expressions necessary to narrate Alma's story. The inspiration comes from the script itself, and thus we develop characters pushed to the limits in their artistic expression. As an artist, the same interpreter can sing, dance, act and, at the same time, develop his musicality through dance rhythms.

COSTUME DESIGN
Samantha Chijona

The costume design is inspired by the sunset color of the African savannah, full of life, saturation and strength. With a modern and timeless language, it intends to represent life, struggle, strength and the two cultures that, in such a visceral way, created the Creole years later. Linens, bambulas and satins. Reds, oranges, whites, grays and blues, that blue of the island, of infinity, paraphrasing Mario Conde.... that damn circumstance of the sea everywhere.

SCENIC DESIGN
Maykel Martínez

The set design synthetically interprets some of the most representative and picturesque elements of the times that serve as a reference for each act. From the conception of a Spanish galleon, to the recreation of a typical Havana “solar”, art is incorporated into the narrative as one of the most impressive elements of the show.

SCENOGRAPHIC DESIGN
Maykel Martínez

The set design synthetically interprets some of the most representative and picturesque elements of the times that serve as a reference for each act. From the conception of a Spanish galleon, to the recreation of a typical Havana “solar”, art is incorporated into the narrative as one of the most impressive elements of the show.

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THE CAST
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THE CAST
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Abraham
Brian
Lázaro
Nadiezhda
Reynier
Yoanis
Akemis
Claudia
Leandro
Naomi
Richard
Yordanis
Amanda
Giselle
Luis M
Oddebí
Robermi
Ana
Jenny
Marta
Oviedo
Roxana
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Abraham
Amanda
Brian
Giselle
Lázaro
Luis M
Nadiezhda
Oddebí
Reynier
Robermi
Yoanis
Akemis
Ana
Claudia
Jenny
Leandro
Marta
Naomi
Oviedo
Richard
Roxana
Yordanis
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CREATIVE
Iván Belaustegui

Original Idea / Executive Producer / Director

Efraín Chibás (Pacho)

Original Music

Joan Morell

Choreographer

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OUR HEADQUARTERS

On February 2022, The National Council of Scenic Arts gave us the majestic Fausto Theater, located at the heart of beatiful Havana, as hearquarters and production site to develop and produce Alma, the musical.
The theater has been closed for many many years. It took two full months and 25 people working around the clock to have the theater ready to hold our auditions. The whole process of recovering the Fausto was an experience i will never forget, and for which i will be forever grateful.
None of this would have been possible without the commitment and passion from every single person involved. What at first seemed as an impossible task proved that dreams do come true when the conviction and hard work is there, present. / Iván Belaustegui

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FAQ'S

What is ALMA about?
Alma shows the African heritage evolution in Cuba, from its original form in late XVI century to a bright new culture in present times.

What language is ALMA performed in?
Alma is performed in the universal language of music and dance.

What's the running time of the show?
The show lasts 85 mins, with a 15 minute intermission.

Is there a minimum age requirement to attend the show?
The show was designed for all audiences

Has ALMA produced its own soundtrack?
Yes, all music was composed originally for the show.
More than 100 musicians were involved in the recording of the music.

What makes this show different from any other show?
Alma goes beyond entertainment; it is meant to make the audience feel, think and understand that dark moments from the past can lead into something quite the opposite.

Why would I come and see this show?
Alma is not just a musical, it is an experience filled with specialty acts! Plus you’ll get to see Cuba’s current generation of exceptional talent.

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TEAM
Carolina Kleinman

Executive Producer / Creative Advisor

Lilian Triana

Marketing

Victor Zapatero

Lighting Designer

Víctor Vinuesa

Audiovisual

Malú Tarrau

Production Manager

Adam Battelstein

for Catapult Entertainment
Shadow Theater

Jorge Caballero

Acting Coach

Massiel Caballero - Marlon Owen

Production Assistant – Stage Assistant

Nilda Guerra

Guest Choreographer

Samantha Chijona

Costume Design

Tamy González

Régisseur

Lourdes G. Bereau

Head of Communication

Maykel Martínez

Scenographic Design

Paola González

Graphic Design

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TEAM
Carolina Kleinman

Executive Producer / Creative Advisor

Malú Tarrau

Production Manager

Nilda Guerra

Guest Choreographer

Lourdes G. Bereau

Head of Communication

Lilian Triana

Marketing

Adam Battelstein

for Catapult Entertainment
Shadow Theater

Samantha Chijona

Costume Design

Maykel Martínez

Scenographic Design

Victor Zapatero

Lighting Designer

Jorge Caballero

Acting Coach

Tamy González

Régisseur

Paola González

Graphic Design

Víctor Vinuesa

Audiovisual

Massiel Caballero - Marlon Owen

Production Assistant – Stage Assistant