HAVANA, December 28 The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), directed by Viengsay Valdés, returns today to the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater in this capital, with one of the ballets most applauded by the public and critics: Nutcracker.
This Christmas season of a classic from the international repertoire will last on December 29 and 30, and in the new year, the performances will continue on January 1, 5, 6, and 7.
As is traditional, the performance on January 1 will be dedicated to celebrating another anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, as highlighted before the press by the general director of the BNC.
This show will be at 5:00 p.m. local time, like the one on January 7, while the rest of the presentations will take place at 8:30 p.m. local time, according to the schedule cited by Cubaescena.
Valdés announced that in the new season of Nutcracker the dance group will be accompanied by the Solfa singing group, directed by teacher Mailán Ávila, and made up of more than 40 children.
In this way, the company continues to commit to bringing renowned works to the stage accompanied by live music, now also together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the baton of maestro Yhovani Duarte.
The main roles of these functions will be assumed by Viengsay Valdés, Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Grettel Morejón, Dani Hernández and Yankiel Vázquez.
Ernesto Díaz, Chavela Riera, María Luisa Márquez, Ányelo Montero, Estefanía Hernández, Jorge Guerra, Luis Fernández and Víctor Álvarez will also participate, supported by the company’s corps de ballet.
The magic of the Nutcracker returns this December in a version by prima ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, a staging that is celebrating 25 years of its premiere, which took place during the 16th Havana International Ballet Festival in November 1998.
Alice’s choreography is based on the original by Lev Ivanov, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, inspired by the original libretto by Marius Petipa, based on Alexandre Dumas’ free version of the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
To create it, Alonso started from the choreographic elements that are preserved from the original and, above all, from the peculiar style conceived for this ballet by the Russian choreographer and dancer Lev Ivanov.
According to what BNC historian Miguel Cabrera told Prensa Latina, Alicia had the sagacity here to give it a Creole touch, appropriate to the characteristics of the Cuban school of ballet.
In this version of the Nutcracker, the sequence of the children, the gifts and the magician really shines, and also scenes of great imagination such as the snow, the candy, and the different dances that accompany the second act, added the general director of the BNC.
She stated that this is one of the great ballet classics, ideal for raising the public’s enthusiasm, as it is full of joy and optimism, and children who see it for the first time never forget it.