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Monday, April 9, 2012
Amigas, Cuban Ballet Company Turns to Music
Havana, Cuba, Apr 9.- The premiere in Cuba of "Amigas" (Girl Friends) by the Cuban ballet company Lizt Alfonso was characterized by an artistic script that goes away from the traditional dance show; a performance that stresses the maturity and virtual evolution of this company towards the musical theater.
The performance, described as a dance-musical by the U.S. critic Clive Barnes, left its habitual audience astonished with its confluence of dancing, interpretation and music.
For some, Amigas reminded the musical theater that flourished in the Cuban capital in the 1950s and 1960s, and perhaps it reflects some influence of the world-famous Broadway, in New York.
This genre gathers, within an emotional plot, songs and dances, instrumental accompaniments and interludes, set and lighting; all mixed in a production in which superstars, singers and dancers simultaneously play their characters without dramaturgical interference.
Amigas' script includes Cuban rhythms like mambo, rumba, conga, son, bolero and cha cha cha, which come together to tell the story of rupture and reconciliation of Mercedes (Niurka Reyes), Caridad (Yaima Saez) and Regla (Sory), former members of the trio of female voices, which disintegrated at the height of fame.
Costumes, stage design, music, lights and choreography transport the audience to Havana in the half of the 20th century, through unforgettable pages of romantic songs from that period like "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas", by Osvaldo Farres, "Besame Mucho" by Consuelito Velázquez and "Quiereme Mucho" by Gonzalo Roig, among other popular themes. (Prensa Latina).