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ABT to appear in Havana CubaFirst visit in 50 years


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#1 leonid17

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:58 AM

http://www.independe...ba-2056318.html

I know this was announced by ABT(See website)last month, but the news has only just hit our shores.

#2 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:52 AM

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/ballet-tour-brings-us-one-step-closer-to-cuba-2056318.html

I know this was announced by ABT last month but it has only just hit our shores.


I'm so happy for my balletomane friends in La Habana...Thanks Leonid for the heads up!!

[size="3"][font="Comic Sans MS"]"The opportunity to return 50 years later almost fell apart after the Obama White House balked at allowing outside American sponsorship to help pay for it."[/font][/size]
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[size="3"][font="Comic Sans MS"]"When it seemed that the New York-based company would have to decline the historic invitation, the Cuban government stepped forward and pledged to accommodate the company's members while in Havana at no charge."[/font][/size]
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#3 Bonnette

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:08 AM

Indeed, this is wonderful news. I'm hoping that the powers-that-be in Washington will loosen up in their approach to cultural exchanges with Cuba, and in the meantime it's marvelous that the Cuban government has made the ABT's appearance possible. Octavio Roca's new book, Cuban Ballet has been published at a very fortuitous moment.

#4 Ambonnay

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:15 PM

November 3 and 4 programs:

Theme and Variations
Cast to be announced

Seven Sonatas
Cast to be announced

Pas de Deux (which one TBA)
Cast to be announced

Fancy Free
Cast to be announced

November 5 and 6:
Program TBA

#5 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:51 PM

Wow...Theme and Variations...now, THAT'S going to be interesting to find the outcome...considering the knowledge of this ballet by Cuban balletomanes...in its Alonso's version, IMO... :wink:

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:44 AM

Wow...Theme and Variations...now, THAT'S going to be interesting to find the outcome...considering the knowledge of this ballet by Cuban balletomanes...in its Alonso's version, IMO... :wink:

Casting of the triple-bill is in the ABT website.I Boylston is debuting in T and V. w/ D Hallberg :clapping: :clapping:

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 02:25 PM

Casting of the triple-bill is in the ABT website.I Boylston is debuting in T and V. w/ D Hallberg :clapping: :clapping:



That's the casting for T&V on the second evening. The opening night has Wiles and Stearns in T&V. It looks like some sloppy editing on the ABT site. Both mixed bill Havana programs have Seven Sonatas being performed twice. Or is that really how the program is laid out?

T&V,
Seven Sonatas
virtuoso PDD/PDT
Seven Sonatas
Fancy Free

Unusual program, no?

#8 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 02:54 PM

I can almost see my friends the sharks X-raying Wiles during the famous first super fast variation in T&V... :FIREdevil: She better delivers her 150 %...!!

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:31 PM

I can almost see my friends the sharks X-raying Wiles during the famous first super fast variation in T&V... :FIREdevil: She better delivers her 150 %...!!



Well, perhaps they should get their files ready. Wiles is very well schooled but I find her a very dull, leaden dancer.
To me she has a good technique for this type of rep but it doesn't add up to much. I've seen her several times in T&V partnered by Hallberg and I just don't have particularly good memories of this. (ducking)

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:47 PM


I can almost see my friends the sharks X-raying Wiles during the famous first super fast variation in T&V... :FIREdevil: She better delivers her 150 %...!!



Well, perhaps they should get their files ready. Wiles is very well schooled but I find her a very dull, leaden dancer.
To me she has a good technique for this type of rep but it doesn't add up to much. I've seen her several times in T&V partnered by Hallberg and I just don't have particularly good memories of this. (ducking)



I really wish Murphy would have done the honors here...

#11 richard53dog

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 04:21 PM

I really wish Murphy would have done the honors here...



Agreed. I saw both Wiles and Murphy in T&V around the same time and there was NO QUESTION in my mind which dancer I preferred.

#12 vipa

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 05:06 PM





I really wish Murphy would have done the honors here...



Agreed. I saw both Wiles and Murphy in T&V around the same time and there was NO QUESTION in my mind which dancer I preferred.


I guess Murphy isn't going. Looks like a small group. Are they really taking Riccetto to do Fancy Free only?

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:03 AM

Didn't Sarah Lane also do T&V with Cornejo? I remember that I like her performance, but Cornejo's partnering was problematic.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:56 AM

Are Americans still prohibited, absent very special circumstances, from traveling to Cuba? It sounds like going to see this performance in Cuba would not be easy for most Americans.

#15 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:32 AM

Are Americans still prohibited, absent very special circumstances, from traveling to Cuba?

Sadly, that's still the case...


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