Pregones/PRTT with R.Evolución Latina

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and R.Evolución Latina 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 a 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 Raúl Juliá Training Unit + 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.

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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Pregones/PRTT and R.Evolución Latina proudly collaborate as a way honor and amplify the legacy of Miriam Colón (1936-2017) and Raúl Juliá (1940-1994), two titans who helped pave the way for all Latinx artists today.

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LUIS SALGADO is “one of the young Latinos on Broadway who has dedicated his entire life to both dance and social work” as quoted on Broadway World. Luis is a true leader who lives full of passion, fire, and a commitment to going beyond. A unique style, influence of Latin rhythms and his heritage make Luis a stand out among dancers. His ability to “dive right in” makes him an artist and a visionary who makes things possible at times against all odds. Salgado has come on strong with his love for theatre plunging into every aspect of the art form, including producing. This Puerto Rican artist is a versatile performer whose career has molded him into an internationally established director, choreographer, and a teacher that brings a unique passion to the classroom.

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Photos from prior editions of RJTU + BWS by Ari Blanco.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, visit

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