Great Celebration of Cuban Culture Ends in the US (+Photos)

With the last presentation of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), a major festival dedicated to the Caribbean nation that combines music, dance, plastic arts, design, theater, and cinema ends today in the US capital.

The classic Giselle, one of the most demanded works within the company's repertoire, will be a luxury closing for Artes de Cuba: from the island to the world, the event inaugurated last May 8 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, where some 400 artists from the island and other countries came together.

Dancers Viengsay Valdés and Dani Hernández will incarnate this afternoon the leading roles of the pinnacle of Romanticism, which already had four functions since last Thursday with other figures of the company such as Grettel Morejón, Sadaise Arencibia, Patricio Revé, Raúl Abreu, and Rafael Quenedit.

In addition to playing the main roles in this last day, Valdés and Hernández interpreted the central characters last Tuesday, when the BNC began its presentations at the event dedicated to the Caribbean country with the work Don Quixote, which was also staged on Wednesday.

The Opera House of the cultural institution is the space that has hosted each of these staging, which had the special incentive for those present to have the presence of the Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, director of the BNC and one of the most eminent dance figures worldwide.

Together with this company, which in its different functions has won great cheers from the capital's public, Artes de Cuba had previous days with the presence of two other dance groups: Malpaso, with its contemporary style; and Irene Rodríguez centered on flamenco dancing.

Likewise, the music had a great presence, with proposals ranging from classical works to jazz and popular dance, with the Lyceum Mozartiano from Havana, Yissy and Bandancha, the group Los Van Van, the López-Nussa Family and the Miguel Faílde Orchestra, among others.

The plastic arts also had a great impact, with exhibitions by some of the most prominent creators of the island, including Manuel Mendive, Roberto Fabelo, and Roberto Diago; and talented figures who reside in the North American territory, such as José Parlá and Emilio Pérez.

The group El Público, with Las amargas lágrimas de Petra Von Kant (The bitter tears of Petra Von Kant), and Argos Teatro, which proposed the play 10 millones (10 million), were the exponents of that branch of performing arts at the event, which according to the organizers, more than a festival, constituted a celebration of Cuban culture.

An exhibition on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the parade of the Art and Fashion project, and an exhibition of posters were also included among the numerous activities of the event.

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Cuban Art Festival Ends in US

Washington, May 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban Art Festival: from the island to the world, will end today in the U.S. capital after two weeks dedicated to show music, dance, theater, plastic arts as well as cinema from the Caribbean country, among other expressions.

The event, which began last May 8 and has had a variety of activities every day since then, will be resumed from May 29 to June 3 when the Cuban National Ballet arrives in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, home of the great event that has brought together some 400 artists.

For today the program includes the second and final presentation of the play Ten Millions by the group Argos Teatro (Argos Theater), a piece written by the director of the company, Carlos Celdrán.

This autobiographical piece describes Celdrán's experience as a Cuban child and adolescent, browses through his relationship with his parents, his links with history and the tumultuous events that shaped his life, said at the Kennedy Center on the proposal which has as stage the Family Theater.

This show, which was awarded by the critics of his country, features performances by Caleb Casas, Daniel Romero, Maridelmis Marín and Waldo Franco, and before arriving in the U.S. capital had already been presented in Florida and New York.

The play received a standing ovation, a great reception, the room was full, we have to see what will happen on Sunday with the show, but it has been an incredible experience to pass the language barrier and reach the people, said Celdrán to Prensa Latina after the performance last night.

On this day there will also be more music, a manifestation that has been the great protagonist of Artes de Cuba and today will be attended by Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

The Mexican-born New York-based musician has won five Grammy awards, including Best Instrumental Composition in 2016 for his Afro-Latin Jazz Suite, from the album Cuba: The Conversation Continues, which in turn was nominated for Best Jazz Album Ensemble.

Before taking part in this event dedicated to the island in Washington DC, O'Farrill, whose father was Cuban, performed last April at the íAdelante, Cuba! Festival, held in his home city, where he met several artists from the Caribbean nation.

The other activity scheduled for this Sunday will take place on the Millennium Stage with the band Tiempo Libre, whose members live in Florida, and whom the Kennedy Center describes as the modern heir to the rich musical tradition of the Caribbean territory.

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