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Ballet de Camagüey: half a century of dance by excellence

By Martha Sanchez / Prensa Latina.

Arrive at half a century of life is for the Ballet of Camaguey (BC) an opportunity for celebration and affirmation, as one of the artistic excellence in Cuba.

For the holding, the company 20 years ago by the maître Regina Maria Balaguer invited one of the jewels of Cuban ballet, Aurora Bosch, to shed the light of her wisdom and elegance classes, rehearsals and other activities.

The dancers of this company have much courage and desire to do and dancing, highlighted the maître, for two weeks the inspired with his wisdom and impressive physical capacity to nearly 75 years of age.

The cast is a quality difficult to measure when you select to boys and girls to study ballet, because it reveals little by little during the development of the personality of the human being; and it gives me great pleasure to find that quality so important here, deepen the Bosch.

The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) came to this central province of the country the first figure Sadaise Arencibia and the first solo Raúl Abreu, with the intention to interpret scenes of two timeless works of the world repertoire: the Swan Lake and Giselle.

In the meantime, the Combinatorial Dance Company, directed by the choreographer Rosario Cárdenas 2013 National Dance Prize- moved to Camagüey to present his latest release, Aphrodite, Oh mirror!, inspired in the parallelism between deities of Cuba and Cyprus.

The functions in the Main Theater, by the 50 anniversary of the creation of the BC, show the value of the set in classics such as The Sylphs, La fille Mal gardee, The Talisman, and its own version of The Flames of Paris, choreography of Lila Martinez.

More contemporary line, Fatum, José Antonio Chávez; and some parts of the National Dance Award in 2004, Alberto Méndez, as Suite Generis, fantasy and in your eyes.

The main protagonists of the pieces are the dancers Rosa Maria Armengol, Yanny García, Sara de Miranda, Elizabeth Pages, Zaida Henriquez, Oleydi Labrada, Jonathan Perez, Thalia Diegues and Raul Calzadilla, among a number of young people in the cast.

One of the virtues of the company remains its openness to multiple choreographic styles and the encouragement of the creation, as well as the constant interaction with the story because, in the words of Balaguer, who forget or do not know is prone to lose what you have and there are debts that are eternal.

At the headquarters of the BC, the day 28 of November it began with the traditional ballet class but with the planting of three trees, compared to three small tinajones (earthenware jars), cultural symbol of the city, in the times of the Spanish colonization the employment to cope with drought.

One of the trees pays tribute to Cuban culture, the basis upon which was erected a ballet school with its own character according to recognized worldwide critics and experts in art since the 1990s 1960.

Another plant was devoted precisely to the father of the Cuban School of Ballet, Fernando Alonso, who after leading the BNC of 1948 to 1975, he held the same position at the BC, from 1975 to 1992, and there got the present headquarters, molding a more classical and company raised its range within and outside the country.

The basis of both entities, BNC and BC, lies in the Alicia Alonso Ballet Academy, where he began his studies a key generation in the development of the first company that included the so-called "four jewels" and Vicentina de la Torre, Manager of the BC and an academy in this province.

For that reason, the school of art in the city of the same name located some 500 kilometers from Havana bears this name and the current members of the newly made a pilgrimage to the tomb of the pedagogue in the cemetery, to pay tribute to him.

To the Tower devoted the third tinajón at the headquarters of the BC, beautiful colonial building whose entrance is also placed a plaque of veneration for the former director Alonso, with an expression well-deserved: "Say, Master".

Historical strokes

In addition to versions of several classics, the repertoire of the BC holds pieces as Saerpil, Delirium, Goyescas, Days That Were Nights, A lo cubano, Murmur, Color 25 Jazz, Dance, Heroic, Cantata, commended to the Rumba, Symbiosis, when the time is growing wings and Momentum, among other great versatility.

Significant teachers have contributed to the development of the company, from Vicentina de la Torre, who founded on 1 December 1967 and led for two years. Then the Maître Joaquín Banegas the happened in the office until 1973, Fernando Alonso took over from 1975 and 17 years after you left it in the hands of Jorge Rodríguez Vede, whom he succeeded in 1996 the maître Regina Balaguer to the present day.

Teachers in the institution have been, in addition, Manelin Rodríguez, Azari Plisetski, Iván Tenorio, Gustavo Herrera, Jorge Lefebre and Alberto Méndez, some of them choreographers.

Numerous personalities of the cuban dance classes or trials, and even danced with the BC, for example: Loipa Araujo, Mirta Pla, Josefina Méndez, Aurora Bosch, Lazarus Carreño, Laura Alonso, Ramiro Guerra, Menia Martínez, Amparo Brito, Ofelia González, Rosario Suarez and Jorge Esquivel.

The current dancers have the weight of a golden heritage and the duty to develop the tradition with respect and affection, to enrich and honor her. (Photo taken of Http://