Ballet Nacional de Cuba in New York
Posted 23 August 2003 - 03:35 PM
Don Quixote, Choreography by Alicia Alonso, Marta Garcia and Maria Elena Llorente after Petipa and Gorsky, Music by Minkus
Les Sylphides, Choreography by Alicia Alonso after Fokine, Music by Chopin;
Canto Vital, Choreography by Azari Plisetski, Music by Mahler;
Blood Wedding, Choreography by Antonio Gades, Music by Emilio de Diego, Libretto Alfredo Manas after Federico Garcia Lorca;
A Classic pas de deux to be announced.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 04:51 AM
I have, of course, never seen them before but have seen a documentary on Ms. Alonso.
Haven't tried a search yet, but I'd be interested to hear what those of you who are familiar have to say about this company today. Thanks!
Posted 26 August 2003 - 04:21 PM
Posted 26 August 2003 - 07:17 PM
Alonso has created a very accomplished company, and amazingly, with meager resources. Her dancers have solid technique and unflinching conviction. Acosta and Carreno may not be typical, but they are products of BNC. The company also reflects what I assume to be the look of American ballet ca. 1961-2, when Alonso returned to her homeland for good. There was input from the Bolshoi, but it's really been Alicia's show.
If you can go, you should.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 09:08 PM
we've seen them twice in Berkeley, in Giselle and Coppellia ( both times I saw Lorna Feijoo, who's now a MAJOR reason to go see Boston ballet - -she was marvellous in both, and God knows, hte demands of hte roles are VERY different)
THey are a great company. They can't afford new shoes, but they sure can dance -- Rock-solid technique, and real ability as mimes.......
I'd definitely go. ANd their virtues are such that the 4th ring will have a good time......
Posted 27 August 2003 - 04:07 AM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 06:57 AM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 08:12 AM
It is true that the standards are very high, but also that they are quite strict. I had occassion of taking class with a ballet mistress from the National Ballet of Cuba, and GOD, they were demanding!!! Their classes give TONS of leg power. As far as corps de ballet work is concerned, never had I seen the national ballet of Uruguay in better shape as when it was directed by these Cuban lady.
I also had the privilege of participating in a summer intensive course taught by ballet masters of the Ballet of Cuba (headed by Laura Alonso - Alicia's daughther). This was in 1991. I ended up very strong indeed!! (I also saw Alicia herself teaching a master class that time)
However, when the NBC toured Uruguay around year 2000 you were able to notice that their shoes were not as pretty-looking as they should. There are some "Caribbean" touches which I personally do not like very much, but that is a matter of taste, anyway
Lucky you there in the States, who are able to see them.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 11:19 AM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 06:07 PM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 08:35 PM
the Cubans in San Francisco, Lorena Feijoo and Joan Boada, who were both trained in Cuba, were unbelievably wonderful in SFB's recent production of DonQ. They really understood the style.
I never thought I'd think Don Qt was anything but a trashy riidiculous crowd-pleaser -- as it was I found myself thinking here was a new kind of ideal theater -- one of daylight and comedy rather than moonlight and tragedy, but really magnificent in its way. ANd hte toughness of life in CUba -- if the Buena Vista Social Club is a guide, which is most of what I know -- the way hte spirit obviously has to rise above conditions of want and need just to keep the car in running order, was exactly what gave the lead couple their brio. And i thought Feijoo could be mentioned in the same breath as Plisetskaya and Terekhova.
I wouldn't miss their DOn Q -- to see a Kitri who's killed and plucked and broiled the chicken they had for dinner but NOT been ground down by the toughness of life; there was a blazing defiance in Feijoo that I'll never forget -- there was nothing mean about it, .
Posted 28 August 2003 - 01:50 PM
Posted 03 September 2003 - 09:09 AM
Thanks to all
Posted 04 September 2003 - 04:15 AM
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