Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) Executive Director José M. Suárez announced yesterday that the 2004 Lelolai program will include a brand new spectacle at San Cristóbal Fort, the last Tuesday of each month (evenings of January 27th, February 24th, March 30th, April 27th and May 25th). The Ballet Folclórico Nacional Areyto, will perform Alegr’a, Ritmo y Color (Happiness, Rhythm and Color).
“San Cristóbal Fort serves as the perfect complement to Lelolai performances, because it reveals our history and traditions and provides a beautiful backdrop, throughout the performance,” said Suárez.
Happiness, Rhythm and Color is a sample of traditional Puerto Rican dances, including Bomba, Danza and Plena. Bomba reflects the island’s African heritage, Danza is a re-enactment of 19th century ballroom dances, and Plena is a style originating from the Santiago Apóstol celebration in the town of Loiza Aldea, blending Puerto Rico’s varied cultural backgrounds including music from Ta’no tribal ceremonies. The show begins at 6:00pm and lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Admission is free of charge.
The Lelolai program was created by PRTC 28 years ago for the purpose of promoting Puerto Rican culture to visitors through music, rhythms and performances that highlight the Spanish, African and native heritages.
Fort San Cristóbal began an extended schedule of operation, January 11, 2004. The Fort will open at 9:00am and close at 6:00pm every day through April 15, 2004. Admission cost is US$3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors, $1.00 for children 13 to 17 years old and children under 12 are free.