Arts & Culture in the News August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 "Tampa Bay Times"
Iconic Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet will perform at Straz in May by Paul Guzzo 
Besides fine tobacco, Ballet Nacional de Cuba is considered by many to be the island nation's most distinctive export.
Tampa Bay-area cigar aficionados can still only purchase Cuban stogies by traveling to the socialist country, but next year, for the first time in 15 years, local performing arts fans need only take a short trip to enjoy the Cuban ballet company.
Ballet Nacional de Cuba will perform a rendition of the two-act romance Giselle at 8 p.m. May 23 in Morsani Hall of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
"Bringing Ballet Nacional de Cuba to the Straz Center is an enormous cultural victory for everyone in this area who loves the performing arts and wants to experience the very best that's out there," Straz Center CEO Judy Lisi said in a news release.


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