Choreographer Sergio Trujillo has argued that it is more important than ever for immigrant stories to be told on stage in the current political climate.
Trujillo was speaking at the gala night of musical On Your Feet! at the London Coliseum on June 27.
The musical tells the story of singer Gloria Estefan and her husband music producer Emilio, who both immigrated to America from Cuba.
Trujillo said: “Of course now it is more important than ever [to tell immigrant stories on stage].
“[Earlier in his career] Emilio has an encounter with a record executive who is demanding he change his name, and Emilio says: ‘I’m not going to change my name, because this is my father’s name and we came to this country. You better look at my face, because this is what an American looks like.’ Things haven’t changed and we’re having such challenges in America with the current administration.”
Trujillo added: “The immigrant story is a story that needs to be told everywhere.”
Actor George Ioannides, who stars in On Your Feet!, echoed Trujillo’s comments. “I think this is a really important story to tell, because in the current climate, regarding a lot of things when it comes to immigrants, it speaks volumes to what is happening today,” he said. “It’s a story for people who need to be inspired and reminded that you are meant to be here.”