El Ballet Nacional de Cuba [National Ballet of Cuba], under the direction of Alicia Alonso, will begin its Canadian tour. The ballet company will tour six cities in Canada from February 3 to 18 with a varied program that shows diverse tendencies and choreographic styles. Absolut-Cuba reports:
Among the pieces selected for the shows are En las sombras de un vals with Alicia Alonso’s choreography of a Josef Strauss piece; Eduardo Blanco’s Acentos with music by Cuban group Luna Negra; The Nutcracker Suite; the second act of Swan Lake; and Blanco’s Idilio, with music by Luis Enrique Bakalov.
Among the leading dancers are Sadaise Arencibia, Anette Delgado, Dani Hernandez, Yanela Piñera, Viengsay Valdés, Ernesto Díaz, Jessie Domínguez, Osiel Gounod, José Losada, Camilo Ramos, Rodríguez Amaya, Félix Rodríguez, and Javier Sánchez, who will be joined by soloists and the company dancers.
The National Ballet of Cuba is the most important Cuban ballet company formed at the Cuban School of Ballet, fruits of the talent of Fernando Alonso, Alicia Alonso (his wife) as prima ballerina, and Alberto Alonso (Fernando’s brother), who was the first male professional ballet dancer from Cuba. The company was founded on October 28, 1948 under the name Ballet Alicia Alonso, touring several Latin American countries. In 1950, the Alicia Alonso National Academy of Ballet was founded, the first of its kind in Cuba. At this moment, Alonso began release her own choreographic work.
For full articles (in Spanish), see http://www.absolut-cuba.com/ and http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2012/0125Ballet-Nacional.htm
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