National Ballet of Cuba to return with Carmen


The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) recently announced that it will return Carmen—the version by Alberto Alonso—with two pieces by the director of the company, Alicia Alonso: Umbral and A la luz de tus canciones [In the light of your songs]. The shows will take place at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, on October 6-8, and October 12-15.

A Cubadebate article explains: Umbral was conceived in honor of the maestro George Balanchine, one of the leading figures of 20th century ballet and A la luz de tus canciones is a tribute to Cuban singer Esther Borja, who died in 2013.

The leading roles will be played by the principal dancers Viengsay Valdés, Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia and Grettel Morejón, who debuts in Carmen, as well as Patricio Revé, Rafael Quenedit, Ariel Martínez and Claudia García, among several who will interpret for the first time other main characters.

Although the founding choreographer of the BNC created Carmen especially for the Russian diva Maya Plisétskaya, there is no doubt of the contribution to the work by another great artist, Cuban Alicia Alonso, of turning the gypsy into a legend in the field of dance.

Shortly after the world premiere in Moscow, on August 1, 1967, Alonso danced the piece in this capital and surpassed expectations, as, for many, the essence of Carmen’s choreography lies in the syncretism of Spanish, Latin American and African elements present in Cuban roots. [. . .]

[Photo from Anette Delgado and Dani Hernández in Carmen from the BNC page.]

For original article (in Spanish), see

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