Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BAM BAM, Cuba Si: Cuba comes to Nueva York

Photo: Courtesy of Los Munequitos de Mantanzas. 
The Cuban rumba and dance troupe Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, 
scheduled to be part of the “¡Sí Cuba!” festival 
coming to New York this spring.

The Arts of Cuba, Set to Wow New York

By Larry Rohter, The New York Times, February 8, 2011 

The Cuban rumba and dance troupe Los Muñequitos de Matanzas hasn't performed in New York in nearly a decade. Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, which mixes Afro-Caribbean dance and classical European ballet and was founded in 1959, has never been to the United States. Neither have the socially conscious photographers Adonis Flores and Cirenaica Moreira.

All those and more than two dozen other artists will take part in a wide-ranging festival of Cuban arts that will last more than two months in locations around New York this spring. The festival, called "¡Sí Cuba!," is one of the most significant indications that cultural relations between the United States and Cuba are thawing after nearly a decade in a deep freeze.

[The Muñequitos U.S. tour schedule is here.  In New York, they will be performing three consecutive nights at Symphony Space (May 5, 6, & 7 @ 8 p.m.)  Do as Ned says: "Do not miss the Muñequitos."]

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