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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:00 am 
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Cuban ballet's 'Wedding' turns tragic, scandalous

By HEDY WEISS
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The bride flees the altar just as the wedding ceremony is about to take place. She runs off with her married lover, and the townspeople who have gathered to celebrate know a tragedy is now in the cards. A posse rides out on horseback to capture the errant couple. And in the little Spanish town where all these events transpire, there is only a stunned silence. Then comes the rhythmic, tension-inducing snapping of fingers by the crowd; they sense that violence and death are closing in.
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Ballet Nacional de Cuba strong on technical style

By SID SMITH
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Expert technical stylists are hard to find in ballet, unless you're Ballet Nacional de Cuba, where they seem to proliferate like magic.

Take Laura Hormigon, whose exquisite portrayal of Odette in Act II of "Swan Lake" leads to a floating exit where her willowy, watery arms undulate with such unreal beauty that you could swear you were watching computer animation.
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 Post subject: Re: Ballet Nacional de Cuba
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:35 am 
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Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Saturday, 15 November 2003
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Don Quixote

I'll fill in more details later, but I'm surprised no one's written about their stop in Southern California yet. I'm still trying to find my jaw after it dropped on the floor somewhere in the third act. Viengsay Valdes, partnered by Joel Carreno, put on the purest, most extended exhibition of bravura dancing I have ever seen. Some examples and numbers: 11 or 12 double fouette turns in a row, followed by 20-something more single fouettes ending with a triple; easy, super-long balances en pointe with multiple poses, unsupported, never coming off pointe, a one-handed lift that walked across the stage (OK, that was in Act I), steady pirouettes that even in the supported ones didn't look like they needed any support (and proven at the end when Joel took his hands off her as the curtain fell), all while retaining a warmth of dancing. The crowd was literally cheering, hooting, and applauding all the while.

The company in general is really strong (slow letting down of the leg for a grand battement to second while en pointe by the corps is kind of typical), and I wonder if there's something they put in the water there to make everyone turn so nicely.

I'm not so sure about Alonso's version of Don Q, but that may be because I imprinted on the ABT one seen recently.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:39 am 
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Cuban ballet lends noble style and technique to 'Quixote'
Lewis Segal, LA Times

Shabby cloth backdrops, a patchwork of costume styles, over-amplified taped music, toe shoes on their last legs: These production values usually signal the arrival of an overambitious regional ballet company. But with the National Ballet of Cuba's "Don Quixote," Saturday at the Cerritos Center, these things simply acknowledged a poverty of means that the dancers proceeded to utterly obliterate with world-class technique, style and generosity of spirit.

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Cuts reduced the three-act work to just over two hours: time enough for the company to confirm its renown and for Viengsay Valdés as Kitri to stop the show with a series of well-nigh unbelievable balances on one pointe.
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Ouch. I've heard from others that the Friday show was disappointing.

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Spirited but deteriorated
Laura Bleiberg, Orange County Register

As Ballet Nacional de Cuba danced Friday night in Cerritos, a nagging question refused to go away: Could this possibly be the same company that performed with distinction only five years ago in Costa Mesa?

That was how changed - for the worse - founder Alicia Alonso's once-proud troupe looks today. It is a regrettable development.
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Cuban Ballet's Alonso Pained by Defections to U.S.

By RENY MARTINEZ
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VARADERO, Cuba (Reuters) - The director of Cuba's National Ballet, former prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, said on Wednesday the defection of five young Cuban dancers on a recent tour of the United States was "painful."

Two dancers, aged 20 and 21, left the company in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Oct. 11 and said they would seek political asylum in the United States. Days later, three more dancers defected in New York.

"What they have done is painful," the 82-year-old Alonso said at a news conference. She said the dancers had recently graduated from dance school after seven years of training that was fully paid for by the Cuban state.
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Cuban troupe's passion apparent
Jennifer de Poyen, San Diego Union Tribune

A lasting impression from this week's inaugural visit by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba: This company is passionately committed to the art of dance. That was especially evident at the Civic Theatre Thursday night, when the Havana-based troupe performed a mixed bill of dances ranging from the purely classical to the melodramatic to the frankly bombastic.

In every guise, and even through lapses in artistic vision, the dancers' beautiful technique and winsome ardor were movingly apparent.
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Fleeing Cuba, Hoping to Soar on New Stage

By MIRTA OJITO
The New York Times

MIAMI, Dec. 4 — Before dawn on Oct. 12, Cervilio Amador and Gema Díaz, Cuban ballet dancers on tour, grabbed their backpacks and walked briskly through the lobby of their Daytona Beach hotel. Between them, they carried 16 pairs of ballet shoes, several videos of their work and $1,000.

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Ms. Díaz, 21, and Mr. Amador, 20, were the first dancers to defect during the Ballet Nacional de Cuba's American tour. Three more — Adiarys Almeida, Violet Serrat and Luis Valdés — defected a week later in New York. They join a growing group of talented Cubans, from surgeons to baseball players to musicians, who, every year, leave their homeland in search of better lives.
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3 Cuban dancers get asylum

By JOAQUIM UTSET
The Miami Herald
February 18, 2004

The lives of three former dancers of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba who four months ago defected in the United States took a new turn when they received political asylum and were allowed to begin a new professional life, their lawyer said Tuesday.
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Wow... The Cuba Company is bleeding talent... Alonso must feel personally betrayed...


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As I understand it...that is exactly how she feels when dancers leave. and then makes sure they are never able to come back...


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it must be so hard. In an interview she said:
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"They are like kites that one builds carefully with rods and strings and paper," Alicia Alonso, the 82-year-old former prima ballerina who directs the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, said last month, referring to the five dancers. "Then you launch them into flight, and suddenly they break loose from the cord. It is sad how they fool themselves."
I think we might have a link to this same article above, butit may have also expired. It was interesting to read it as it talks about the side of the ballet no one really sees here.

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By OCTAVIO ROCA
The Miami Herald
February 23, 2004

''I don't think it is worth commenting on them,'' says Alicia Alonso about the five young dancers who bailed out of her Ballet Nacional de Cuba tour last fall and defected to the United States.

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''Of course it affects us,'' says Alonso, founder and head of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. ``Not as a company, because we have 110 beautiful dancers...
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A BBC radio feature on the National Ballet of Cuba:

http://www.theworld.org/latesteditions/ ... 0117.shtml

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The Cuban ballet (10:00)
Our Cuba Stories continue today sends anchor Lisa Mullins to the ballet. She tells us that Cuban ballet aficionados are just as fanatical as sports fans. They're knowledgeable, passionate, and vocal.


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