Cuban National Ballet Performs Giselle in US Capital

Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban National Ballet (BNC) returns today to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in this capital with the piece ”Giselle”, a masterpiece in Romanticism that will be on billboard until Sunday.

After dazzling Tuesday and Wednesday the spectators who attended the Opera House of the cultural institution to appreciate ‘Don Quixote’, the company led by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso will now have five performances of one of the most demanding pieces by the audience.

The role of ‘Giselle’, who had precisely in Alonso one of its most internationally recognized performers, will be embodied tonight by BNC first dancer, Sadaise Arencibia, while Raul Abreu will perform Albretch and Ernesto Diaz as Hilarion.

The piece, choreographed by Alicia Alonso, on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, was chosen by the company to close the festival ‘Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World’ at the Kennedy Center, opened on May 8.

According to the specialized critic, the Cuban version of Alonso is distinguished by the excellent staging of drama, character, strength and communication among all characters.

This piece started the BNC opening season in the United States, an event that took place on May 30, 1978, precisely in the imposing building located on the banks of Potomac River where the virtuosity of the renowned company now reappears.

According to the Kennedy Center, ‘Giselle’, a piece that tells a story of love, deception, madness and life beyond death, has a uniformity not reached in previous versions.

Alonso’s proposal, according to the institution, shows a concise plot related to the design and the situation of the ballet within ‘Giselle’, by drawing a parabola between the two acts and achieving an apparent stylistic homogeneity, as well as a dramatic and choreographic balance.

With five performances until Sunday, including a double performance on Saturday, the BNC hopes to conquer the same praises received on Tuesday and Wednesday with the piece ‘Don Quixote’.

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