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“Great night's entertainment”

Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
Ranked #1 of 3 Concerts & Shows in Cusco
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Great show with many dancers. The band played their hearts out and made the night very enjoyable. Lots of different dances from areas of Peru and loads of costume changes. Well worth a visit. A little costume museum at he back as well and cheap snacks for sale before the start.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Glad we went, as dance is an integral part of their culture whether in city or remote pueblo. These dances are a bit happy face and restrained whereas when we saw some other dancers at a restaurant (La Cuzquenita) and in the street at Plaza de Armas on weekends, they were a bit more free-wheeling. It's free admission with your tourist ticket, so go.

TIP: the show is at 7 pm. The guide books & tourist ticket wrongly lists the times as 18:30 and 20:00. That's just the doors open & ending time. Don't worry about the long line - there are plenty of seats. If you get there too early as we did, there's a fabulous museum of weaving almost across the street.

3  Thank MissShoe
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Very touristy, really - but hey it's included in the Cusco tourist ticket so if you've got that, it's worth a couple of hours of your time in the evening. Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts, but the line outside starts at least half and hour before that, so if you want good seats / to ensure you get in, make sure you're there in plenty of time. The venue itself is a bit like a high school hall, but serves its purpose. I had mixed feelings about the show itself, which features a variety of folk dancing and perhaps some more contemporary dancing, depending on the specifics of the programme. The plus points: you'll see colourful costumes and traditional Peruvian folk dancing set to traditional Peruvian music. The dancers are enthusiastic and put a lot of energy into their performances. It's entertaining enough if you like this kind of thing (for UK readers, imagine 1 to 1.5 hours of watching Morris dancing) although the music all starts to sound the same very quickly - in fact I honestly think it actually might be the same tune over and over. Now the source of the mixed feelings. I look at the dancing and costumes and think, back in the day these unsophisticated Andean tribespeople saw the invading conquistadores, with their intricate and colourful Andalucian clothes and expressive dances, and tried to imitate both, as best they could, with the materials to hand - they are trying to be Spanish and not quite making it. A bit like when your 8 year old tries to dress as a grown-up by trying to make adult clothes out of the bits and pieces that were lying round the house. It may be traditional, but the reality is it's post-colonial imitation, and this knowledge really brings home the extent to which the indigenous culture was utterly devastated.

5  Thank -00simon00-
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This one and a half hour cultural dance show highlights typical Peruvian dances, and plays out several Andean life themes thru music and dance. The music is performed live and the dance troop is well rehearsed. I love cultural shows of this nature and, as this one is included as part of your ticket ( if you bought the full ticket, not sure if it is included on the lesser ones ) is definitely worth going to see.

The line forms early but unless you want a seat upfront, or a guaranteed isle seat ( GA entry ) I wouldn't stand for the half hour myself. The theater is fairly small so you will have a good view no matter where you are. Typical tourist market just outside on the left if you want a Special Price on Alpaca:)

I only gave this three stars because relative to other cultural shows I have seen in other countries it wasn't as good; however this is not a know on the performers for this show at all. I felt is was a good, but not great show.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

You've seen the sights, you've tasted the cuisine, now listen to the music and watch the dances! The show is part of the tourist ticket (boleto turistico) and performs once every evening at 7. Gate opens at 6:30 PM by which time a long line of tourists are already waiting so be early to get a good seat. Show just lasts an hour so you don't have to eat dinner beforehand.

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