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R.Evolución Latina and Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater are pleased to announce performances of BARBA A Brazilian Body Percussion Musical under the direction of Luis Salgado written by Carlos Bauzys and Kim Bixler. 

BARBA is a new Brazilian musical that explores the true story of Fernando Barba who discovers he has an extraordinary gift for creating music using his own body as an instrument. A music virtuoso, Barba transformed people’s lives, founding the Brazilian body percussion ensemble Barbatuques. His dedication to teaching this innovative, accessible form of body music is threatened when he is given a medical diagnosis that puts his mission in jeopardy. What happens when the thing most precious to you is taken away?

This showcase production is the result of creative collaboration with selected participants from the 2024 Beyond Workshop Series class composed of professional and aspiring artists from New York City, Latin America, the Caribbean, and beyond! The creative team includes guest choreographers Valeria Cossu, and Matthew Steffens, Brazilian body percussionist Carlos Bauzys, and writer Kim Bixler. Celebrate with a night of community, collaboration, and creativity as R.Evolución Latina explores BARBA and highlights the legacy of Fernando Barba.  

R.Evolución Latina partners with Pregones/PRTT Raul Julia Training unit, furthering the legacy of Miriam Colón and Raul Julia.

Book: Kim Bixler & Carlos Bauzys
Music: Carlos Bauzys
Lyrics: Kim Bixler
Additional Music: Fernando Barba

Based on Barba’s autobiography:
Sound from the Start: A Body Percussion Story
By Fernando Barba and Renata Ferraz Torres

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This program is in partnership with Pregones/PRTT and the Raul Julia Training Unit

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