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Les Sylphides: CNB,1980's.

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Les Syilphides is a ballet that I treasure in my mind (and I'm sure as the bulk of the Cuban balletomanes)-backed by wonderful memories of great performances from the golden era of the company. It was always a huge audience favorite, and it was scheduled in seasons as much as Giselle, as well as equally loved. When I saw the ballet again in NYC, I saw a totally different animal. The pacing was different...the orchestration was different, the costumes...even some sequences and poses were different. Fokine continued revisiting the choreo constantly, and this is a late rendering, cherished with much care by Alonso, who danced to said latest revisions. Up until now she has been firm in her notion that the version presented here is the one that the Cuban company will always have, and that not changes will ever take place. Here is a video of a performance from the 80's. I hope you will enjoy it.

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