National Ballet of Cuba tours Europe


Granma’s Mireya Castañeda reports that the National Ballet of Cuba will perform in Spain, Italy, and France, May through July. At 96 years of age, Alicia Alonso, general director of the renowned company is leading her company on the European tour. 

[. . .] Directed by the legendary Alicia Alonso, the BNC has gained international renown for its exacting stagings of great classics, its varied repertory, as well as the technical and stylistic virtuosity of its dancers. For this tour the company has selected, among its great classics, The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Don Quixote, as well as the concert program The Magic of Dance.

[. . .] Although this is not the first time the Cuban company has danced in the French capital (they won the Gran Prix in 1966, for a performance of Giselle), it will be its debut in the legendary Salle Pleyel, situated just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, on Faubourg Saint-Honoré Street.

The opening gala, July 6, will be a tribute to the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, with the company’s best dancers presenting a varied program composed of celebrated pas de deux (The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Diana & Actaeon, Romeo & Juliet, The Black Swan, The Corsair, The Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Winter, and Don Quixote), which offer a panoramic view of the companies many dance styles.

[Photo above: Viengsay Valdés, one of the company’s most outstanding dancers in Don Quixote.]

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