The Russian Bolshoi Ballet will perform at the 19th International Book Fair of Havana, which is dedicated to Russia this year. This will be the Bolshoi Ballet’s return to the island after 30 years of absence. El Nuevo Herald quotes Cuban newspaper Granma, reporting that “leading figures of the Bolshoi, as Elena Andrienko, Ruslan Skvorsto, Anna Antonicheva, Dmitry Belogolovstsev, Galina Stepanenko, and Vladimir Neporozhni will share the stage with the dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) on February 13 in a gala specially dedicated to the book fair.” They will dance at the Karl Marx Theater.
The show “will be a combination of styles and schools, a harmonious dialogue embroidered by dancers” of the Bolshoi and the BNC; the latter is directed by the legendary prima ballerina Alicia Alonso. The Cuban dancers include Anette Delgado, Alejandro Virelles, Bárbara García, Ernesto Alvarez, Sadaise Arencibia, Javier Torres, Viengsay Valdés, Elier Bourzac, Yanier Gómez, Camilo Ramos, Gustavo Pérez, Alejandro Silva, and Yonah Acosta. Some of the classics announced for that evening include The “Swan Lake,” “Spartacus,” “Giselle,” and “Carmen.”
The Bolshoi danced in Cuba 30 years ago in the Havana International Ballet Festival. On that occasion, Alicia Alonso performed “Giselle” with Russian dancer Vladimir Vasilyev.
The article also reports that Russian Chancellor, Sergei Lavrov, will head a delegation composed of about 200 people, including writers, editing professionals, and officials to the book fair, which runs from February 11 to 21, 2010.
Last July, Britain’s Royal Ballet made its first trip to Havana, bringing nearly 100 dancers including one of Alonso’s former students, Cuban-born Royal Ballet principal guest dancer Carlos Acosta.
Photo of Alonso being awarded the Order of José Martí by Fidel Castro, from http://www.thespec.com/article/295795