PREVIEW – Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

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RED-HOT Cuban dance group Danza Contemporanea de Cuba opens its new UK tour at Newcastle Theatre Royal next month with an electrifying triple bill.

The vibrant Cuban troupe is back in the city for the first time since its successful first tour of 2010, to celebrate the theatre’s 175th birthday and launch its second UK tour.

For 50 years, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba has produced dancers with a style that shows the sensuality, soulfulness and heart of the Cuban spirit.

Their movements combine elements of Afro Caribbean and Spanish dance.

The Theatre Royal’s commissioned piece packs a considerable punch in the triple bill, the culmination of a four-year cultural project called Seconds Out, fusing the worlds of boxing and dance.

Choreographed by Israeli star Itzik Galili, Sombrisa is heavily inspired by the movements of boxers, and celebrates not only the theatre’s birthday but also the start of the 2012 Olympics.

The show also includes a rare opportunity to see the stand-out hit of 2010’s programme – George Céspedes’ Mambo 3XXI featuring an electronic mambo soundtrack by progressive Cuban electro group Nacional Electrónica, as well as a clever contemporary interpretation of Carmen by the director of Helsinki Dance Company, Kenneth Kvarnström.

After opening in Newcastle, the show will go on a nine venue UK tour.

Tickets are £16 to £28.50 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk .