National Ballet of Cuba

HAVANA, Dec 26 (PL) The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) announced today that it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution with a gala in which it will perform a cult classic world, The Swan Lake.

The show will take place at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, on January 1, 2019, at 5:00 pm, and the protagonists will be the first dancers Grettel Morejón and Dani Hernández.
Before the performance of three acts and an epilogue, the Alicia Alonso Annual Grand Theater Award and the mentions in the Honor Book of the prestigious institution will be announced.

Paradoxically, the first presentation of Swan Lake in 1877, at the famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, received boos, due to the terrible choreography of Julius Reisinger.

The work did not die thanks to the initiative of the choreographers of the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, who set out to rescue it in 1895 in homage to the late composer of the score, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Despite the fact that the musician never perceived it that way, this work combines his artistic genius and an attractive dramaturgy represented by two very seductive characters: the White Swan; innocent, fragile, pure of soul, and the Black Swan; perverse, seductive, aggressive.

In the late nineteenth century, Petipa and Ivanov, teacher and student, gave greater prominence to this plot of impossible love and struggle between opponents to reorganize the initial unsuccessful structure and ride steps of beauty and, above all, complexity for the time.

The resulting show was so successful that it became the starting point of all later versions, including the Cuban one.

During that rerun, the main interpreter, Pierina Legnani, managed to execute 32 fouettés -species of turns on the same pointed leg while the opposite opens in the form of a whip-, and went down in history as the first dancer to achieve that feat.

In the second half of the twentieth century, prima ballerina assoluta cubana Alicia Alonso built her own version of Swan Lake from Petipa and Ivanov, with a higher technical demand, in correspondence with the virtuosity that she could and I liked to exhibit.

According to a BNC press release, the company will present the work every weekend in January and the first week of February in the same theater.

The protagonists of Saturday, January 5, will be Sadaise Arencibia and Raúl Abreu, while the next day will go on stage Yanela Piñera â € “who currently fulfills a work contract in the Queensland Ballet, Australiaâ €” and Dani Hernández.

The BNC fulfilled this 2018 seven decades of founded and to highlight its worth the government decided to declare the company Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación.