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Ballet Nacional de Cuba - 2 PROGRAMS: Don Quixote (MAY 29 & 30) / Giselle (MAY 31-JUNE 3) (part of Artes de Cuba)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

ARTES DE CUBA: From the Island to the World Ballet & Contemporary Dance

Known as the highest expression of the Cuban school of ballet, the company brings two full-evening signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso.


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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Alicia Alonso, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra 
Don Quixote (May 29 & 30)
(Minkus/Alonso after Petipa)

Timing: Act 1 - 45 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act 2 - 30 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act 3 - 30 min. (Approx. 2-1/2 hours)
Giselle (May 31–June 3)
(Adam/Alonso, based on Coralli and Perrot)

Timing: Act 1 - 55 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act 2 - 45 min. (Approx. 2 hours)
"So many stellar qualities in this company… dancing [to make] you fall in love with ballet all over again"--The Washington Post
Internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center 40 years ago. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2011, the company returns to the Opera House stage with two extraordinary ballets—Artistic Director Alicia Alonso’s definitive staging of the romantic classic Giselle with choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and its acclaimed version of Don Quixote choreographed by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa.

Admired for their beautiful footwork, strong dancers, and impeccable technique, the company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, and Alberto Alonso (the first professional dancer in Cuba) founded it in 1948. The Ballet Nacional de Cuba has established itself as the highest expression of the Cuban school of ballet, based on a cultural legacy that spans several centuries of tradition in theatrical dance combined with a unique character infused with the essential features of the national culture. Alonso, who is one of the most revered dancers within ballet, danced with American Ballet Theatre, and among her many leading roles, is famous for her portrayal of the title role in Giselle

PRINCIPAL CASTING  (subject to change)

Don Quixote

Kitri, the beautiful: Viengsay Valdés (5/29 evening), Grettel Morejón (5/30 evening)
Basilio, town barber: Dani Hernández (5/29 evening), Rafael Quenedit (5/30 evening)
Espada (Sword), bullfighter: Ariel Martínez (5/29 evening), Patricio Revé (5/30 evening)
Mercedes, his lover: Ginett Moncho (5/29 evening),  Claudia García (5/30 evening)
Queen of the Dryads: Claudia García (5/29 evening), Chavela Riera (5/30 evening)


Giselle, young peasant girl: Sadaise Arencibia (5/31 evening), Viengsay Valdés (June 1 evening), Sadaise Arencibia (June 2 matinee), Grettel Morejón (June 2 evening), Viengsay Valdés (June 3 matinee)

Albrecht, Duke of Silesia: Raúl Abreu (5/31 evening), Patricio Revé (June 1 evening), Raúl Abreu (June 2 matinee), Rafael Quenedit (June 2 evening), Dani Hernández (June 3 matinee)

Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis: Ginett Moncho (5/31 evening), Claudia García (June 1 evening), Ely Regina (June 2 matinee), Ginett Moncho (June 2 evening), Claudia García (June 3 matinee)


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Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center!