Ballet Nacional de Cuba Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director --with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
"The Cubans are famously a company of virtuosos and wherever you looked on stage there were other star turns" --The Guardian
Its dancers are the product of Russian-style classical training, but exude a style all their own. Their works are Western ballet standards, but they are invigorated with intense passions. When Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time in ten years, they will perform two programs that bridge the gap between refined taste and pure entertainment.
Ballet Nacional de Cuba will perform The Magic of Dance, a program that was received with great praise last year while on tour through England. This collection of ballet highlights spanning the classical anthology will include selections from Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote, and Gottschalk Symphony.
The company will also present their acclaimed version of Don Quixote. "Those looking for passion, Latin or otherwise, will find it in this idiosyncratic 1988 version of the 19th-century Don Quixote…a production filled with dramatic motivation," says the New York Times. This Cuban company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since it was founded by Alicia Alonso in 1948. The troupe, which regularly tours Europe, Asia, and South America, brings its beautiful footwork, strong dancers, and impeccable technique for a long-awaited appearance before Washington audiences for the first time since 2001.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tue. & Wed., May 31 & June 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Magic of Dance Timing: Act I - 50 min.; 20-min. Intermission; Act II - 55 min.
Thu.–Sat., June 2–4 at 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., June 4 & 5 at 1:30 p.m. Don Quixote (Alonso after Petipa/Minkus) Timing: Act I - 45 min.; 20-min. Intermission; Act II - 30 min.; 20-min. Intermission; Act III - 30 min.
PRINCIPAL CASTING: The Magic of Dance GISELLE Giselle: Anette Delgado (5/31) / Viengsay Valdés (6/1) Albrecht: Dani Hernández (5/31) / Arián Molina (6/1) Hilarion: Ernesto Díaz (5/31) / Ernesto Álvarez (6/1) Queen of the Willis: Amaya Rodríguez SLEEPING BEAUTY Princess Aurora: Yanela Piñera (5/31) / Sadaise Arencibia (6/1) Prince Desiré: Alfredo Ibáñez (5/31) / Alejandro Virelles (6/1)
THE NUTCRACKER Waltz of the Flowers: Lissi Báez and Marizé Fumero (5/31) / Grettel Morejón and Aymara Vasallo (6/1) Sugarplum Fairy: Bárbara García Cavalier: Ernesto Álvarez (5/31) / Yanier Gómez (6/1)
COPPÉLIA Mazurka Soloists: Aymara Vasallo and Javier Sánchez (5/31) / Mercedes Piedra and Javier Sánchez (6/1) and Corps de ballet Swanilda: Grettel Morejón (5/31) / Estheysis Menéndez (6/1) Franz: Osiel Gounod (5/31) / Alfredo Ibáñez (6/1)
DON QUIXOTE Kitri: Viengsay Valdés (5/31) / Anette Delgado (6/1) Basil: Alejandro Virelles (5/31) / Dani Hernández (6/1) Espada: José Losada (5/31) / Osiel Gounod (6/1) Mercedes: Amaya Rodríguez (5/31) / Verónica Corveas (6/1) Bullfighters: Yanier Gómez, Camilo Ramos, Randy Crespo, Omar Morales, Roberto Vega and Edward González (5/31) / Víctor Santana, Alejandro Silva, Randy Crespo, Omar Morales, Roberto Vega and Edward González (6/1)
SWAN LAKE Odette, Queen of the Swans: Sadaise Arencibia (5/31) / Yanela Piñera (6/1) Prince Siegfried: Arián Molina (5/31) / Camilo Ramos (6/1)
GOTTSCHALK SYMPHONY Anette Delgado and Alejandro Virelles (5/31) / Viengsay Valdés and Alejandro Virelles (6/1)