Havana, Cuba, Jun 2.- Long rounds of applause, standing ovations and other warm expressions of delight were offered by the public to the Cuban National Ballet (BNC) on Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC, during the opening night of a one-month tour of the company around the United States that also includes performances in New York, and Los Angeles, among other cities.
‘La magia de la danza’ (The Magic of Dance), a showcase of excerpts of great ballet pieces such as Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, among others, was the program chosen for the opening night.
A review published by The Washington Post extols the performances by some of the company’s dancers such as Grettel Morejon, Osiel Gounod, Anette Delgado, Dani Henandez, Alejandro Virelles and Viengsay Valdes, and, in particular, it praises the talent of the company’s men: “It was the depth of talent among the company’s men, a princely stable of toreros bucking for a bigger bullring.”
Suzanne Farrell, artistic advisor of the Kennedy Center Ballet, described BNC director and prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso as an “adorable inspiration.”
The Cuban National Ballet performs the full-length Don Quixote Thursday through Sunday at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
They will also perform at the Brooklyn Academy Music of New York, the Orange County Performing Arts Center of Costa Mesa in California, and the Music Center of Los Angeles, where they will conclude their tour with four presentations.
The BNC has toured the United States on several occasions since 1951. The previous visit was in 2003. (acn).