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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cuban Ballet Shines outside Classic Style

Havana, Cuba, Mar 8.- Dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) exchanged today dynamics and sympathy in two excellently-made world premieres and two admirable reruns.

With Celeste, Belgium-Colombian choreographer Annabelle López Ochoa sent 10 dancers into space to follow three different personalities of a same star, embodied by the powerful artists Viengsay Valdés, Yanela Piñera and Jessie Domínguez.

The world premiere of the work yesterday, at the National Theatre, received praise from the Prima Ballerina Assoluta and Director of the BNC, Alicia Alonso, who took the stage to congratulate the creator and the dancers on this night full of ovations.

According to Dominguez, during the staging process López Ochoa was more than a choreographer a friend, and helped them manage a style different to the one they are used to.

Piñera highlighted the mise en scene taking into account the intensity of the score written by Russian Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, while Valdes stated this work required her to move off-balance and transgressing certain academicism.

In addition, the choreographer was able to combine well every and each personality, reaffirmed Valdes after concluding the premiere, still fitted with the fabulous wardrobe conceived by Dutch Dieuweke van Reij. (Prensa Latina)