Washington, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The magic of the Cuban National Ballet (BNC) is returning today to the John F. Kennedy Center in this capital, the same institution where the renowned company performed for the first time in the United States 40 years ago.
The classics Don Quixote and Giselle will be the pieces the company led by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso will perform to the audience in Washington DC from today to Sunday, June 3, in the presence of its main figures.
These performances of the company, with which the festival ‘Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World’ will conclude, opened at the Kennedy Center on May 8, will feature the Opera House of the imposing building, a space with capacity for more than 2,300 spectators.
Don Quixote, a piece by French choreographer Marius Petipa, premiered in December 1869 at the Bolshoi Theater in Russia, will be the BNC’s first proposal for today, in which Viengsay Valdes and Dani Hernandez will play the main roles; and Grettel Morejon and Rafael Quenedit will play the main roles of this play tomorrow.
With original music by Austrian Ludwig Minkus, this time in charge of the Opera House Orchestra, the piece is attractive for dancers all over the planet because of the possibilities it offers to show virtuosity.
In case of Valdes, she has been invited by companies such as Oporto (Portugal), Mariinsky and Kremlin (Russia), Washington (the United States), Donetsk (Ukraine), and the Puerto Rico Concert Ballet, to perform that classic, and has performed it in venues such as the pyramids of Egypt, and the Moscow Kremlin.
The BNC first dancer already embodied young Kitri at the Kennedy Center in 2011, the last time the company performed at that institution, and then The Washington Post described her as a ‘special dancer, who can attract 2,000 audiences with a quick movement of their eyelashes.’
After the two days devoted to this ballet, taken in from the novel The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha, by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, spectators could enjoy Giselle from May 31 to June 3, including a double performance the day before concluding the festival.
In its announcement of these presentations, the Kennedy Center recalled that among the many leading roles played by Alicia Alonso, her performance of Giselle is one of the most famous ones, while the play is itself one of the most enduring ones of the Romantic era.
The prima ballerina assoluta, who will be present during these days, predicts in recent statements to Prensa Latina a memorable reception in the U.S. capital for the company she leads.