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National Ballet of Cuba in Vancouver--Don Quixote


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#1 Helene

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:26 PM

National Ballet of Cuba opened a four-performance run of "Don Quixote" tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Remaining performances are:
Friday, 17 February 8pm
Saturday, 18 February 2pm
Saturday, 18 February 8pm

Live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra; I believe the producer said the conductor's name is Giovanni Duarte.

Principal Casting from the printed program is:

Friday 17 February:
Kitri: Yanela Pinera
Basilio: Jose Losada
Espada: Alfredo Ibanez
Mercedes: Jessie Dominguez
Gipsy Chief: Omar Morales
Graciosa: Grettel Morejon
Queen of the Dryads: Amaya Rodrigues
Love: Aymara Vasallo

Saturday 18 February Matinee:
Kitri: Sadaise Arencibia
Basilio: Arian Molina
Espada: Jose Losada
Mercedes: Amaya Rodriguez
Gipsy Chief: Omar Morales
Graciosa: Regina Hernandez
Queen of the Dryads: Dayesi Torrientes
Love: Maureen Gil

Saturday 18 February Evening:
Kitri: Annette Delgado
Basilio: Dani Hernandez
Espada: Alfredo Ibanez
Mercedes: Jessie Dominguez
Gipsy Chief: Roberto Vega
Graciosa: Amaya Rodriguez
Queen of the Dryads: Estheysis Menendez
Love: Aymara Vasallo

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:52 AM

I LOVE Annette Delgado as Kitri - that's the one I'd go for!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:09 AM

No Miss V....?

#4 Helene

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:53 AM

She danced last night, opening night, with Gounod :Posted Image

I reviewed it here:
http://balletalert.i...943#entry298943

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:54 PM

She danced last night, opening night, with Gounod :Posted Image

I reviewed it here:
http://balletalert.i...943#entry298943


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:32 PM

Here is the full cast printed in the program:

Don Quixote: Leandro Perez
Sancho Panza: Javier Sanchez
Dulcinea: Carolina Garcia
Kitri: Viengsay Valdes
Basilio: Osiel Gounod
Lorenzo: Felix Rodriguez
Camacho: Ernesto Diaz
Espada: Arian Molina
Mercedes: Amaya Rodriguez
Janita: Grettel Morejon
Piquilla: Jessie Dominguez
Bullfighters: Yanier Gomez, Camilo Ramos, Roberto Vega, Omar Morales, Josue Justiz, Edward Gonzalez
Gipsy Chief: Alfredo Ibanez
Graciosa, His Daughter: Davesi Torrientes
Young Gypsy: Yanier Gomez
Queen of the Dryads: Estheysis Menendez
Love: Maureen Gil
Two Handsom Boys: Yanier Gomez and Camilo Ramos

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:33 PM

V is sort of a veteran by now, let's take note...even by age.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

Short feature on western Canada tour with participation by TV presenter



#9 Helene

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:19 PM

Many thanks for posting this!

The two dancers in the promo are Sadaise Arencibia and Arian Molina.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:52 PM

Here we go again...the ever present "anchor-mimicking-ballet" old story...Agh, it's getting so tiring and flavorless by now...Posted Image

The clip was wonderful though-(thanks a lot, CM..! Posted Image ...Isn't Miss V wonderful...? Posted Image ). Miss Arencibia never looked to me like a Cuban trained ballerina back when she had just started. Tall, skinny and languid, with long, thin, hyper extended limbs, little jump and exaggerated port de bras, she reminded me more of the Russian typical dancer. Perhaps she's a bit stronger and flamboyant by now...?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:58 PM

At least it wasn't the even more typical male anchor partners ballerina and acts coy about it. Which reminds me of Christopher d'Amboise's story in his book about how his dad did a lecture demo in his all-boys high school gym. One of his classmates agreed to try to partner the young ballerina whom d'Amboise brought, and he tried to make a joke of it. The challenge was to partner her in supported pirouettes. Classmate stood too close to the ballerina. Ouch.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:23 AM

I think the participation videos are very useful - they are a great way to make ballet seem more accessible to people who do not usually attend performances.

Just found a fabulous video of English National Ballet with Arsenal Football club - I think this will do a lot of good as well

http://uk.eurosport....-120929767.html

If there is a problem with posting this link - it is an advert - please let me know and I will delete it (assume this is allowed)


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