Cuban Ballet Dedicates Classic Don Quixote to Fidel Castro

Havana, Jul 20.- The Cuban National Ballet will make three performances next weekend of the classic piece Don Quixote, dedicated to the 90th birthday of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the company reported today. The Federico Garcia Lorca hall at the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro in Havana will host the performances of the leading dancers of the company, Anette Delgado, Viengsay Valdes, Sadaise Arencibia and Dani Hernández.

Choreographed by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso on the original work by French Marius Petipa, the piece includes this season the performance of new talents of the company, Raul Abreu and Patricio Reve.

Premiered on December 14, 1869 at the Bolshoi Imperial Theater in Moscow, that classic ballet is a free version of the novel Don Quixote, by Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes.

The dance company founded in 1948 by Fernando, Alberto and Alicia Alonso, joins to the cultural initiatives conducted in this island to celebrate Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, on August 13. (Prensa Latina)

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Cuban National Ballet to Celebrate Fidel Castro's 90 Birthday

The Cuban National Ballet and its director, Alicia Alonso, are today preparing a special program for summertime to celebrate the 90th birthday of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Choreographed by Ana Belen Zamora and with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, the show 'The Magic of the Golden Age' will be on the Mella Theater stage on July 2nd and 3rd.

The presentation comes at the end of the Vocational Workshop course of the Dance Department at the Cuban National Ballet. A group of students, guests from the Alejo Carpentier Elementary Ballet School and members of the dance group founded by Alonso in 1948, will participate in the program.

'Dionaea', 'Percusion para 6 hombres' and 'Grand pas de Paquita,' by the Cuban National Ballet, will be performed in the Federico Garcia Lorca hall at the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro in Havana on July 8th, 9th and 10th.

The Cuban National Ballet joins the cultural events being held on the island to celebrate Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, on Aug. 13.

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Successful Tour of Canada by the Cuban National Ballet

Havana.- The prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso described as very successful the presentations of the classic ballet Don Quixote performed by the Cuban National Ballet (BNC) in Montreal, Canada. Alonso said during a press conference that all performances sold out.

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Cuban National Ballet to Perform in Canada

Havana.- The Cuba National Ballet, directed by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, will offer several performances of the classic Don Quixote in Canada, scheduled for May, the company announced recently.

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Havana Ballet Festival, a Permanent Tribute to Alicia Alonso

Havana.- The 15th International Ballet Festival of Havana, from now on bearing the name Alicia Alonso, will be held in this city on Oct. 28- Nov.6, the organizers announced recently. The biennial event will gather on Havana stages the talent of local and foreign artists, besides offering a course of ballet techniques for professionals, teachers and students at advanced levels.

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