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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Ballet Nacional Receives Good Reviews in Ongoing Canada Tour
Havana, Cuba, Feb 15.- The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the direction of Alicia Alonso, has been very well received by both the audience and critics during its current tour of three Canadian cities that began February 3.
In an article by Glenna Turnbull, of eVent, the writer quoted Kelowna Ballet’s art director David LaHay, as saying that the Cuban ballet company was among the great of the world boasting its own Latin flavor, strong personality and a lot of passion on stage.
Likewise, Amy Smart in the Times Colonist newspaper describes the BNC performances as “Classic in style and Caribbean for their gifts” and highlights that the Cuban company’s spectacular show and commitment to the romantic-classic style awakens an extraordinary curiosity in the Canadian
audience. Special recognition went to lead dancer Osiel Gounod who was applauded for his “incredible and controlled” leaps that, as the journalist wrote, he seemed to perform without any effort; Smart praised Gounod's turns noting that they were so fast she counted 27 at once in the
final solo of Don Quijote.
The BNC’s tour ends February 18 when it will return to Havana to get ready for a season at the Grand Theater starting the 25th.
The company will offer six shows —Feb 25 and 26, and March 1-4— of the Coppélia ballet (Choreography by Alicia Alonso on Arthur Saint-Léon’s original and Marius Petipa’s version). The couples performing the roles of Swanilda and Franz will be Sadaise Arencibia and Arian Molina, Viengsay Valdes and Osiel Gounod, Anette Delgado and Dani Hernandez, Yanela Piñera and Camilo Ramos; while Doctor Coppélius will be assumed by Felix Rodriguez and Ernesto Díaz, according to a BNC’s press release.
Coppélia, one of the most famous works of the traditional ballet repertoire, is among the first choreographies produced by the Cuban company, in 1948. The first performance of Coppélia by the BNC took place on December 28 of 1948 in the current Amadeo Roldan Theater (then Auditorium Theater) with Alicia Alonso and Ígor Youskévitch on the lead roles. (acn).