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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Díaz-Canel attends an artistic gala on the 500th anniversary of the Cuban capital

Havana, Nov. 16.- Stars of the St. Petersburg Ballet offered a gala tribute to this city for its half millennium, at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, with the presence of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

This Friday's show was also attended by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly of Popular Power and the State Council, Ricardo Cabrisas, vice president of the Council of Ministers, and the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Havana, Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar.

Also the president of the Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, enjoyed the program, which included the pas de deux de Don Quijote, and Romeo and Juliet, in Leonid Lavrovsky's version; The death of the swan, by Mikhail Fokin; and Spring waters, by Asaf Messerer, among other renowned pieces.

Perhaps one of the most surprising moments was the representation of red Giselle. Loaded with drama, she filled a stage that combined the colors red, black and white with twists and jumps.

Agitation, romance and madness are the themes of this work by Russian choreographer Boris Eifman, founder of the Eifman Ballet in St. Petersburg, inspired by the life of Russian dancer Olga Spessivtseva, considered one of the greats of the twentieth century.

The repertoire included solo or couple performances, with a set that was almost another character. The public could feel the rhythm of the sea, the force of the water or the movement of a sail.

Moving to the rhythm of the fire burning the wax may seem like a complex task. Some would say slow and tedious. But Denís Matvienko showed on stage today that impressive movements occur at that speed.

The emeritus artist from Ukraine performed a single ballet Dance of the blessed spirits and left a trail of sensations that would have moved at the speed of light.

With a step by two of the ballet Don Quijote concluded the evening, but the activities of the Russian delegation will continue until next Novemeber 17, with screenings at the La Rampa cinema of feature films by the Lenfilm film studios. (With information from Cubadebate) (Photos: Cubadebate and PL)