Thursday March 7, 2013

MARLBORO -- Marlboro College presents a performance by Afro-Cuban dance group Iroko Nuevo, with lead dancer and Cuban native Miguel Periche, on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Whittemore Theater.

Iroko Nuevo, a group of musicians, singers and dancers, will perform a selection of Afro-Cuban music and dance including the flirtatious dances of rumba guaguancó and yambú; the individual showcasing of rumba colombia (the original inspiration for hip-hop); the Carnival festivities of gaga and comparsa; and, because traditions are shared across the Caribbean, the lively songs of Puerto Rican plena and bomba.

Iroko Nuevo, led by dancer and Cuban native Miguel Periche, has been bringing Afro-Cuban traditions to New England since 2006. Periche was born into a family rooted in Afrocuban music and dance. In Cuba he was lead dancer in Conjunto Folklórico Okú, performing throughout eastern Cuba. Since coming to the United States in 2001, Miguel has been featured with SonRisa Dance in New York City and Gaia Roots. He has taught at Smith College and several Western Massachusetts studios, and has gathered musicians, dancers and singers together to create Iroko Nuevo.

The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College marketing and communication office at 802-251-7644 or mbarone@marlboro.edu.