Matanzas, 18 oct (RHC) Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC) will pay tribute today to its director and founder Alicia Alonso through the favorite language of the most universal Cuban artist: dance, with a performance at the reopened Teatro Sauto.
Cuba’s first ballerina assoluta passed away the day before at the age of 98, in Havana, the city where she was born on December 21, 1920, and in honor of her historical legacy, the BNC decided to maintain its commitment to that newly reopened coliseum, after capital repair, in the western province of Matanzas.
The Sauto has witnessed great cultural events and among the luminaries that triumphed on its stage is Russian Anna Pávlova, who died in 1931, the same year that Alonso made his stage debut in dance, recalls Prensa Latina.
According to Viengsay Valdés, the BNC’s deputy artistic director, the BNC will open the show with Las sílfides, a piece that has been part of the company’s repertoire since its founding season in 1948.
Alicia, Fernando and Alberto Alonso created an artistic ensemble that did not delay in becoming one of the emblems of Cuban culture, precisely because of its relevance and legacy, the government of the Caribbean country declared it a National Cultural Heritage in 2018.
The BNC will also perform the duet Muñecos, by Alberto Méndez; and Valdés along with the also first dancer Dani Hernández will dance Valsette, the final pas de deux of Nuestros Valses, a work by Vicente Nebrada, the most universal Venezuelan choreographer.
The gala will be closed by Celeste, created by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle López Ochoa exclusively for the Cuban company, on an intense score by Piotr Ilich Chaikovski.
After the performance, the BNC will return to Havana, to continue paying tribute to Alonso on October 19, at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, scene of many triumphs of the dancer and her own company.
(With information from PL in Spanish)