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23rd Havana Int'l Ballet FestivalOct. 28 - Nov. 7, 2012


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#16 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

Opening defile and "In the Night"...Grand entrance @ 8:30.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Opening defile and "In the Night"...Grand entrance @ 8:30.

http://www.youtube.c...d&v=RNPTvBIoA9w#!


And here is the closing gala, with a very emotional onstage display of old glories of the company ...Mme. Garcia and Orlando Salgado...Mme Maria Elena Llorente and Lazaro Carreno. There is also Osmay Molina, whom after years out the Cuban public eye post defection was invited to come back and finally...a very special appearance that could be completely and understandably irrational for the foreign eye, but one that carries a very warm touch for those of us who still pay tribute to a glorious ballet viewing past. That goes on at 3:04



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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

Thank you so much for posting!!!! I just started to watch the first one. Gracias a Dios por YouTube!Posted Image

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

The audience reception for Alicia Alonso at 8:38 is amazing - and everyone on their feet.

As for the closing gala, I LOVE love love it. I never had the chance to see the old glories dance in person but its very touching. What is the relation of Lazaro Carreno to Jose Manuel and Yoel?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

What is the relation of Lazaro Carreno to Jose Manuel and Yoel?


Uncle. He was among the group that visited the MET back in 1979 when Alonso, as Giselle and Carmen, made her first trip to US post Castro.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:37 AM

OMG, cubanmiamiboy...this is extraordinary! thank you so much for making my day...my month...my YEAR! Posted Image

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:43 AM

Natasha...I was a little hesitant to show the clip to my French friend...(how would Alonso's decision, understandably irrational to many, would speak to his non Cuban heart...?). Amazing enough, he liked it...he just said..."that's a fearless, shameless, protected woman up there. She's safe, and she knows it.."

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

Thank you so much Christian for posting this film.

These three great female dancers brought happy tears to my eyes as I watched and remembered Marta Garcia and Maria Elena LLorente from over forty years ago and memories of Madame Alonso in Giselle.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:33 PM

Thank you both Leonid and Natasha for your kind words. YOu two got to see this dancers at their prime, so I know you appreciated the clips. Here are some info I posted a while ago in an older thread dedicated to all those ballerinas.

Maria Elena Llorente.

Maria Elena Llorente was the only blonde ballerina within the Cuban troupe, and also the most subtle dancer of the golden age generation. She was not another Alonso's physical nemesis like Mendez, neither possessed the stage sumptuousness of Bosh or the technical va-va-voom of Suarez. She was rather the delicate, shy, but ALWAYS precise kind of modest dancer. The great thing about Llorente is that she was the assured type, the "constant per se" dancer, the secure show. In other words, when holding a ticket for one of her performances people KNEW exactly what was going to be shown and that they knew they would not be disappointed. It always pleasant performance...nothing more…nothing less. Llorente, like her peers, began studying ballet in Society Pro-Arte Musical in Havana and then continued learning at the Academy Alicia Alonso. The range of her teachers was wide, among the most prominent Alexandra Fedorova, Alicia Alonso, Marta Mahr, Fernando Alonso,, Jose Joaquin Banegas and Jose Parés. She became a member of the Cuban Corps in 1962, was promoted to soloist in 1967 and Principal in 1976. In 1968 she was awarded the bronze medal at the Varna Ballet Competition, and in 1977 she danced as a guest artist with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. In 1981 Llorente worked as assistant maitre of Mme. Alonso in the assembly of the Cuban version of Giselle at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Her repertoire included all the principal roles of the classical-romantic Ballets as well as contemporary creations of Cuban and foreign choreographers. After retiring from active dancing, Llorente devoted her life to develop an important educational work in the Company and the National Ballet School, currently being an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Arts, also being responsible for the first year of the Cuban School of Ballet in Valencia, Spain in 1999. Llorente was also the stager of the Cuban version of Don Quixote in collaboration with Marta Garcia guided by Alonso in 1988. She is a current maitre of the Cuban National Ballet School,as per its official roster

Note: If there was a role that Llorente made her own in Havana like nobody else, it was that of Lissette in Alonso's after Nijinska's "La Fille Mal Gardee". She kept an innocent youthful air towards the end of her career onstage that really allowed her to master this role. And yes…she knew she looked "different" as the only Company Anglo-looking blond ballerina, always keeping this element working on her advantage. Llorente was also the last one of generation to retire...dancing with the same vitality and perseverance for three decades straight.

I will, again, borrow a phrase that one ot this Ballet generation fans-(Quintajoya/5thJewel)- wrote about Llorente on Youtube:

"...certainly Arnold-(Haskell)- forgot to keep Maria Elena Llorente in his jewelry box..."

Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Maria Elena Llorente:

As Grahn, in Grand Pas de Quatre.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJpAwxip5Q
As Cerrito, In Grand Pas de Quatre.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h76TVz8pbKk

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:39 PM

Marta Garcia was considered by many Cuban balletomanes as the 5th jewel. (There's even a fan and great connoisseur of her dancing on youtube who has adopted that nickname in her honor, Quintajoya-(fifth jewel), and from which I will borrowing a couple of comments that will better describe this ballerina). Within the generation that followed that of the 5 jewels, Marta Garcia was that who kept the most solid technique and dominated the stage like only she knew. Besides that she was always extremely gifted in characterization, and was famous interpreting those roles which required great demand of facial expressions. She was a truly master of the face as a vehicle and used this skill with no shyness at all to enhance her always thrilling performances. Garcia was also a master in those ballets which required some Spanish flavour. She was particularly superb in the Cuban version of Lorca's Bodas de Sangre-(Blood Wedding), which became her trademark . Another ballet that she shined in was Alberto Mendez' "Tarde en la Siesta" (see link above), which is sort of like a XIX Century Cuban recreation of 4 female characters-(sisters) to the unique music of Ernesto Lecuona. This wonderful ballet at times pays homage to the great Antony Tudor, and it's has been a trademark of the Cuban Company for many years. Garcia created the role of Soledad-(Loneliness), which describes the tormented soul of the woman. Quintajoya made the comment that : "How fitting that Mr.Tudor-(I recall him standing after a performance of Marta's Soledad clapping feverishly)-loved it so much. What a "HAGAR" Marta Garcia would have been in his "Pillar of Fire" I can only dream.." I had the opportunity to see a lot of her dancing well into the ballet feast that was the 90's in Havana. Her Giselle was ravishing. Again, this is what her fan Quintajoya said about it during her entrance in Act II: "By going on pointe in the "Initiation" the Cuban ballerina gives this difficult variation an added dimension into the wili sisterhood."
Today Garcia is a coach and Maitre of Scaena, the 1st. private Dance/Ballet Center and School in Madrid,Spain. She is currently excluded from the Cuban National Ballet official roster, where she used to figure as a faculty member.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Marta Garcia:

Initiation of Giselle Act II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_sr7BioFR4

In Grand Pas de Quatre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2BVz_B6Ik

As "Soledad"-(Loneliness)-in "Tarde en la siesta"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQUHKAXH_2g&feature=related

In Spanish-flavored "Majisimo"-(doing the diagonal of fouetees/chainees)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT7hqKK2mr0&feature=related

Scaena's official site, where Garcia teaches.

http://www.scaena.net/sob_scaena.html


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