The Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater of Cuba will be adorned, from October 6 to 28, with the art and magic of classics of the National Ballet of Cuba, creations of foreign choreographers and iconic pieces danced by the Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, as part of the jubilee that celebrates the 75 years of this company, on October 28.
In its usual schedules – from Thursday to Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., except for the gala on October 28 that will begin at 7:00 p.m. – on October 6, 7 and 8, classics by Cuban choreographers such as Rara Avis by Alberto Méndez will be resumed; Cinderella (Pas de deux) by Pedro Consuegra, inspired by the homonymous story by Charles Perrault; Dionaea and Alfonsina by Gustavo Herrera; Majísimo by Jorge García; and Leda and the Swan and Rhythms by Ivan Tenorio.
On October 12, 13, 14 and 15 will correspond to the Legends cycle with the works Blood Wedding and Carmen. The first, with choreography by Antonio Gades, narrates the homonymous tragedy written by Federico García Lorca, and has been one of the great successes of the BNC since it joined its repertoire. Carmen, inspired by the novel of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, has been one of the most important Cuban choreographies of all time. Fernando Alonso's version reveals the essential contradictions between the personality of the gypsy Carmen, a rebellious and sensual woman, and the forces of her time.
From October 20 to 24, classics danced and versioned by Alicia Alonso will be revived, such as Coppélia, Swan Lake and Don Quixote, a trilogy that supports the international recognition that the BNC has had as one of the top exponents of romanticism and dance classicism: "dust off classics suitable for contemporaneity to save, rescue and respect tradition."
On October 28, at the 75th anniversary Gala of the National Ballet of Cuba, there will be a mapping of Giselle, the most famous of the romantic ballets, masterfully interpreted by Alicia Alonso; and the choreographies Canto vital by Azari Plisetski and the Seventh symphony by Uwe Scholz and music by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Other actions to celebrate 75 years
Giselle's love saves Albrecht by holding the beloved in his dance until dawn. Photo: Andy Jorge Blanco/ Cubadebate.
Within the framework of the jubilee for the 75th anniversary of the BNC, Miguel Cabrera, historian, researcher, dance critic and teacher, will give didactic talks in schools and workplaces so that many more people understand and identify with the art of dance.
On Sunday, October 8, at 11 am, the National Symphony Orchestra will offer a concert in the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater with a program that includes "Umbral" (Symphony No.2 in B flat major op 18) by Johann Christian Bach, "Nutcracker Suite" by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and "Theme and Variations", also by Tchaikovsky.
The tribute program also includes the presentation of the book "Alicia, una mujer, un sueño" by Italian photographer Alfredo Cannatello on October 18 at the San Gerónimo University College in Havana and the exhibition "Así la vio mis ojos" by Pedro Simón, at the Los Oficios Gallery on Friday, October 20.
In addition, two postage stamps will be canceled, one for the anniversary of the dance company, and the other for the 80th anniversary of Alicia Alonso's debut in the character of Giselle. On the other hand, the cycle "Ballet and Cinema" will arrive at the Multicine Infanta from October 26 to 29 and the José Martí National Library will host the Colloquium "75 years of the National Ballet of Cuba".
According to Miguel Cabrera at a press conference to announce the activities planned for the jubilee, as long as the Cuban ballet school exists, the company will exist. "The future of ballet solid for the dedication of the dancers, respect for the predecessors and the talent of the people of Cuba."
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