According to the website of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), Cultural Heritage of the Nation, will begin a tour of Spain with Cinderella and Swan Lake. The first performance will be in the city of Oviedo to continue in theaters of the Basque Country, Andalusia, Madrid, and it ends on July 14, in Barcelona.
The leading roles of these luxury functions will be played by the first dancers Viengsay Valdés, Anette Delgado, Dani Hernández, Grettel Morejón, Félix Rodríguez and Ernesto Díaz, as well as by the main dancers Ginett Moncho and Raúl Abreu, Chanell Cabrera, Claudia García, Yankiel Vázquez, Adrián Sánchez, Ely Regina and Chavela Riera, seconded by a renewed body of dance that will show on stage not only how much they have grown from the artistic-professional, human and spiritual points of view, but also the continuous development of the Cuban School of Ballet, founded seven decades ago by masters Alicia, Fernando (1914-2013) and Alberto (1917-2007) Alonso.
Cinderella with choreography and script by Pedro Consuegra, inspired by the tale of the same name by the writer Charles Perrault, music by maestro Johann Strauss ( Junior). The premiere of Cinderella, after the musician’s death, took place on May 2, 1901, in Berlin. It was also presented in 1908 at the Vienna Court Opera. Despite Strauss’s popularity, the work had a very short stage existence at the time. The island artist Pedro Consuegra presented a choreographic version of the piece for the first time in 1988 at the Opera in Marseille.
For the BNC, Consuegra substantially revised this choreography, and enriched the technical and dramatic aspects. This new version was premiered in Havana on March 9, 1996.
Swan Lake, choreographed by prime ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, honorary member of the International Dance Council, on the original by maestros Marius Petipa and Lev Ivánov, and music by maestro Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, one of the emblematic works of the traditional repertoire, had its premiere at the Moscow Bolchoi Theater on February 20, 1877. It was premiered in a new and successful staging on January 27, 1895, at the Marinski Theater in St. Petersburg, with the first and third acts choreographed by Petipa, and the second and fourth acts by Ivanov.
In the version created by the excellent ballerina, the well-known plot, choreographic and musical structure Petipa-Ivánov-Chaikovski is synthesized in three acts and an epilogue. According to the poetics and aesthetics of Romanticism, its plot is a fantastic story that includes prodigious transformations, enchantments and evil monsters, but in which love appears as a triumphant force over the most terrible powers.
Swan Lake is one of the masterpieces of the history of theatrical dance, which endures as an exceptional example of the style, technique and expressive modes of dance of an entire era.
Hispanic lovers of the art of the tips and colleagues of the Spanish press will be able to appreciate, live and direct, the artistic-professional excellence that identifies, on any national or foreign stage, these emblematic figures of one of the best dance groups in the world.
(Taken from Granma in Spanish)