Tampa City Ballet to present INTERSTICES
Two performances will be presented on October 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba at 14th Street, Tampa.
INTERSTICES – A Break in Continuity presents more than 25 dancers and musicians out of “traditional” settings and presented to an audience moving in and around the historic Cuban club. Each floor of the Neoclassical Club will be used. The main show, staged in the magnificent Grand Ballroom on the top floor, is the next stop along the creative path called 7th Avenue and Ybor – the tale of art, beauty, history and culture in the heart of the famous city of Ybor in Tampa. The frame of INTERSTICES is Ybor post-depression, before the Second World War.
7th Avenue and Ybor is a progressive and ongoing creation envisioned by TCB Founder and Artistic Director Paula Nuñez, a true visionary in her commitment to expanding the cultural experience of dance in the Tampa Bay community over the past 17 years. . She is also a faculty member of the renowned Department of Dance and Drama at the University of South Florida (USF). Paula uses storytelling through innovative dance and music performances with classically trained dancers but shaped by her unique collaborative approach. Performances are presented in secluded spaces, indoors and outdoors, so that the lessons of the stories are accessible to more people as they learn the importance of the art of dance. in all its forms.
One of the main characteristics of the non-profit dance company, TCB, is its commitment to discovering and developing the talents of dance to help them on the path to a professional dancing career. Paula explains: “Tampa City Ballet gives everyone – dancers and musicians, ballet masters and even myself, opportunities to explore the very nature of art and its power to express ideas and emotions. . ” She continues, “Our stories are meant to uplift people, enrich, heal and transform lives.”
For all TCB productions, Paula recruits professional and pre-professional talents from across the region and the world. INTERSTICES presents guest artists such as Nicole Assaad, former dancer with the Hong Kong Ballet and Daniel Sarabia, former dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba and the Bejart Ballet. Current guest artists from Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL) also join José Antonio Ramos from Cuba and Fhilipe Teixeir from Brazil. There are over 20 other local and regional dancers and artists at Cuban Club – don’t miss them!
Live music will be provided throughout the Cuban Club by local musical artists including renowned singer and pianist Alina Izquierdo and the Grady’s Rhythm Gentlemen, a quintet of “performers, educators, performers and family men. Well-known in the Tampa Bay area. .
The 2018 award-winning dance production 7th Avenue first examined Ybor City’s social justice issues in the early 20th century, such as workers’ rights (cigar factory workers), racism (Jim Laws Crow), illicit activities (gambling, gangsters and crime), and dominating characters and politicians (like Charlie Wall). In response to COVID-19, TCB produced their first dance art film, 102 Degrees, which linked the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 to today’s tragic pandemic through the feverish dreams of a first modern speaker and nurse Ybor.
102 Degrees received the award for best film at the prestigious Canadian Experimental, Dance & Music Festival. TCB and Creative Loafing are showing 102 Degrees on Friday, September 24, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at CL Space, 204 E. Henderson Ave, Tampa. Wine and beer will be available. To celebrate the big news of BEST FILM’s victory, TCB invites everyone to join us on Friday night (donations accepted)!
INTERSTICES – A Break in Continuity premieres October 9 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Cuban Club, 2010 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba at 14th Street, Tampa. Tickets can be purchased online with Eventbrite at: bit.ly/tampacityballet.