Salsa, politics and stories take to the stage in this Burnaby production

Salsa meets politics in a new show at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

The Shadbolt Centre is hosting Nightswimming’s Broken Tailbone from March 13 to 16.

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A press release notes that the show features celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leading a public Latin American dance lesson, woven with stories of her experiences in the hidden world of dance halls in Canada.

DJ Don Pedro provides a musical environment to get even the most reluctant dancers up on their feet.

“Daring, sexy and, above all, fun, Carmen’s performance consists of an extended salsa dance lesson that flows into her remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture and the forgotten origins of the salsa,” says the release.

It’s onstage from Wednesday, March 13 to Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets range from $15 to $36. See or call 604-205-3000.

Nightswimming is an award-winning Toronto-based theatre company with a mandate focused on research, creation and performance through commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance. See

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