Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ballet Nacional de Cuba wil go to Washington D.C. in 2011

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director

"The Cubans are famously a company of virtuosos and wherever you looked on stage there were other star turns"
--The Guardian

The Magic of Dance

Don Quixote
Choreography by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa
Music by Ludwig Minkus

Its dancers are the product of Russian-style classical training, but exude a style all their own. Their works are Western ballet standards, but they are invigorated with intense passions. When Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time in ten years, they will perform two programs that bridge the gap between refined taste and pure entertainment.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba will perform The Magic of Dance, a program that was received with great praise last year while on tour through England. This collection of ballet highlights spanning the classical anthology will include selections from Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and more.

The company will also present their acclaimed version of Don Quixote. "Those looking for passion, Latin or otherwise, will find it in this idiosyncratic 1988 version of the 19th-century Don Quixote…a production filled with dramatic motivation," says the New York Times. This Cuban company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since it was founded by Alicia Alonso in 1948. The troupe, which regularly tours Europe, Asia, and South America, brings its beautiful footwork, strong dancers, and impeccable technique for a long-awaited appearance before Washington audiences for the first time since 2001.

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