International Ballet Festival around the corner

Havana’s Grand Theater Alicia Alonso and the National and Mella Theaters are ready for the 25th International Ballet Festival set for Oct 28th/Nov 6th in the Cuban capital.

Dance Americana is coming from the United States to perform on October 29th and 30th  at the National Theater. Artistically directed by New York City Ballet soloist dancer and choreographer in residence, Justin Peck, Dance America also includes other outstanding figures, such as New York City ballet principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar. In creases, Furiant, and Rodeo: four dance episodes make up the company’s repertoire for the important Havana dance extravaganza.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is also scheduled to perform at the National Theater on November 1st with the piece Black Milk, bringing some of its most important dancers, such as Marcin Kaczorowski, Jeremy Raia, Andrew Wright, Jeremy Rivera and Hervé Courtain.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1957, by Ludmila Chiriaeff, one of the northern country’s most relevant personalities with the aim of showing the audience a repertoire based on the different forms of classical dance. The Nov 1st recital at the National Theater also includes performances by dancers from the Royal Dutch Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the National Ballet of Mongolia, and Cuba is bringing representatives from the Cuban National Ballet, and the Irene Rodríguez Company and Acosta Danza.

Buenos Aires Ballet has also been invited to the National to dance on Nov 4/5 with Sueños en fado, Rapsodia, Eclipse, Tangata and Bastones Dorados, under the direction of Federico Fernández, and the performance of important Argentine dancers.Paris Opera Ballet dancers are also set to perform from Oct 28th/Nov 6th at the ballet festival. Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote and La fille mal gardée are some of the classics scheduled to be staged at Mella and National Theater and Havana’s Grand Theater Alicia Alonso.

Edited by Damian Donestevez

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International Ballet Festival around the corner

Havana’s Grand Theater Alicia Alonso and the National and Mella Theaters are ready for the 25th International Ballet Festival set for Oct 28th through Nov 6th in the Cuban capital.

Dance Americana is coming from the United States to perform on October 29th and 30th  at the National Theater. Artistically directed by New York City Ballet soloist dancer and choreographer in residence, Justin Peck, Dance America also includes other outstanding figures, such as New York City ballet principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar. In creases, Furiant, and Rodeo: four dance episodes make up the company’s repertoire for the important Havana dance extravaganza.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is also scheduled to perform at the National Theater on November 1st with the piece Black Milk, bringing some of its most important dancers, such as Marcin Kaczorowski, Jeremy Raia, Andrew Wright, Jeremy Rivera and Hervé Courtain.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1957, by Ludmila Chiriaeff, one of the northern country’s most relevant personalities with the aim of showing the audience a repertoire based on the different forms of classical dance. The Nov 1st recital at the National Theater also includes performances by dancers from the Royal Dutch Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the National Ballet of Mongolia, and Cuba is bringing representatives from the Cuban National Ballet, and the Irene Rodríguez Company and Acosta Danza.

Buenos Aires Ballet has also been invited to the National to dance on Nov 4/5 with Sueños en fado, Rapsodia, Eclipse, Tangata and Bastones Dorados, under the direction of Federico Fernández, and the performance of important Argentine dancers.Paris Opera Ballet dancers are also set to perform from Oct 28th/Nov 6th at the ballet festival. Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote and La fille mal gardée are some of the classics scheduled to be staged at Mella and National Theater and Havana’s Grand Theater Alicia Alonso.

Edited by Damian Donestevez
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Artists from 16 Countries to Perform in Festival of Ballet in Cuba

Havana, Sep 27.- Artists from 16 countries will perform in Cuba in the 25th International Ballet Festival of Havana from October 28th to November 6th, said the organizing company of the event, the National Ballet of Cuba. So far, the countries that will be represented at the event are Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, France, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Mexico, Mongolia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Russia and Uruguay.

This event is the first to bear the name of Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, who is still the director of the company founded in 1948 by her and brothers Alberto and Fernando Alonso.

The American Ballet Theatre of the United States was the first company to recognize her as a star but for her technical and artistic skills, Alicia Alonso´s name became worldwide known, while turning into a ballet icon in Cuba and also a symbol of universal artistic excellence.

According to the organizing committee, the first dancers and the famous corps de ballet of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) will star many of the performances in the coming event, along with invited foreign artists and ballet companies.

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Cuba National Ballet Company to Perform in Mexico

Cuba’s National Ballet Company (BNC), under the general direction of Alicia Alonso, will present The Magic of Dance at the Teatro Peon Contreras, in Merida, Mexico, on September 7 and 8.

According to the official press release by the company, the group will be composed of leading figures of Cuban classical dance, including Viengsay Valdes, Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Dani Hernandez, Ernesto Diaz, Ginett Moncho and Felix Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, the corps of soloists highlights Claudia Garcia, Chanell Cabrera, Patricio Revé Raul Abreu, Rafael Quenedit, Adrian Masdival and Ariel Martinez, accompanied by the corps de ballet.

Fragments of great classics will be interpreted during the gala, such as Giselle, the Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and the Gottschalk Symphony to close the presentation.

By the end of next month the BNC will return to the Cuban scene, specifically the Tomas Terry Theater of Cienfuegos, with Dionnea (choreographed by Gustavo Herrera); The garden of lilacs, under Antony Tudor’s style, and the Grand Pas of Paquita, by Marius Petipa.

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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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