23rd Havana Int'l Ballet FestivalOct. 28 - Nov. 7, 2012
Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:36 PM
Opening defile and "In the Night"...Grand entrance @ 8:30.
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
Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:52 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:31 PM
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?
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.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:37 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:43 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:45 AM
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.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:33 PM
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.
As Cerrito, In Grand Pas de Quatre.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:39 PM
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
In Grand Pas de Quatre.
As "Soledad"-(Loneliness)-in "Tarde en la siesta"
In Spanish-flavored "Majisimo"-(doing the diagonal of fouetees/chainees)
Scaena's official site, where Garcia teaches.
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