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#1 piccolo

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Posted 14 November 2003 - 09:34 AM

Did anyone see either of their performances in San Diego this week?

(Does this post belong on the non-European companies board?)

#2 Alexandra

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Posted 14 November 2003 - 09:45 AM

I think we have a forum for the National Ballet of Cuba, but it's okay to put it here. We may move it to that forum, once the thread plays out.

We have several southern Californians here -- I'd be interested in reading their take on this company too! Thanks for posting the question.

#3 Andre Yew

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Posted 14 November 2003 - 09:51 AM

I'll be there on Saturday, November 15 at Cerritos. Anyone else going? It will be the 3rd Don Q for me for this year. :wub:

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#4 Maxi3D

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Posted 15 November 2003 - 10:19 AM

Me too, I'm going to the Sat. show at Cerritos. It will be mine third viewing also for this year. I'm ready for another ballet after this one :(

#5 Giannina

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Posted 15 November 2003 - 03:56 PM

I'm like Andre Yew and Maxi3D: much as I'd love to see this company I don't think I have another Don Q in me!

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#6 Alexandra

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Posted 15 November 2003 - 04:00 PM

Minkus does that to you :(

#7 pj

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 04:57 PM

I have just enough information to probably get myself into trouble. A friend saw this ballet performance last night (Sat) and said that even though she wasn't sure she had the stamina to watch yet another Don Q. this year, she wanted to be loyal to Cuba (where she has family roots). I don't know the name of the Cuban "Kitri," but apparantly she was able to hold several of her balances for as long as 10 seconds!!! And the crowd responded to those balances and her incredible fouettes with lots of applause (etc). The Cerritos center was packed (this is a good thing), and my friend and her family (including her dd, a friend of my dd) had a wonderful time. One interesting note that she had regarding the choreography in the dream scene, she said that "Amour" did the variation that normally is danced by Kitri in the other versions that we've seen. In this version, Amour did very widely spaced and slow toe hops, that showed amazing control. My daughter is working on this same variation, and wondered which variation Kitri did during that scene. :shrug:

#8 carbro

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 07:51 PM

. . .  [S]he said that "Amour" did the variation that normally is danced by Kitri in the other versions that we've seen.  In this version, Amour did very widely spaced and slow toe hops, that showed amazing control.  My daughter is working on this same variation, and wondered which variation Kitri did during that scene. :shrug:

No dream scene variation for Kitri -- just Amour and Q of the Ds. :wink:

I know.

#9 pj

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for the info carbro. We too were a bit surprised; maybe she had to save her strength for the fouettes. :wink:

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 09:37 PM

Or stuck in a balance in the wings! :wink:

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Posted 17 November 2003 - 09:58 AM

I just posted my impressions of their last performance Saturday at the Cerritos Center. Look it up at the Ballet Nacionald de Cuba thread and give me your comments.


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