Spanish Ballet of Cuba, Cubanness and flamenco passion

Spanish Ballet of Cuba, Cubanness and flamenco passion

HAVANA, Apr 5 The interpretive beauty of its dancers, who display a high technical and artistic level in colorful shows, which include combs, stoles, fans, heels, castanets and dresses with tails; and in which an anthology of Spanish dances are fused with the Cuban flavor, characterize each presentation of the Spanish Ballet of Cuba (BEC), which these days is celebrating the 37th anniversary of its foundation.

The company, which since 1992 has been directed by the first dancer Eduardo Veitía, is one of the highest exponents of the interpretation and teaching of Spanish Dance in Cuba.

«They have managed to create in all this time, a contemporary theatrical language based on the cultural complex of flamenco and other roots of our idiosyncrasy, which is in no way a dead tradition, but rather a powerful popular sap that flows with full force in the current essence of Hispanicity,” expressed the journalist, art critic and curator, Toni Piñera, in the newspaper Cubarte.

Throughout these more than three decades they have had exchanges with important personalities and groups of Spanish dance such as the Andorra Folklore Company, the Antonio Gades Foundation, the National Ballet of Spain, Pilar Boyeros, the Los Ferros Flamenco company, Chelo Pantoja , among many others that have contributed to enriching the dance work of the Cuban company.

Its teaching unit is a quarry that contributes to the training of dancers.

With works such as La vida Breve, Aquel brujo amor, La Casa Alba, Carmen, La Habana Valdés, El Fantasma, among others from their extensive repertoire, they have received recognition from national audiences and from other parts of the world, appreciate their fidelity. to traditional Spanish dances and, at the same time, promote Cuban culture.

Likewise, they have always maintained an outstanding participation in meetings such as the Havana International Ballet Festivals, the Havana International Lyrical Art Festivals, as well as in multiple editions of the La Huella Festivals in Spain and the International Festival of Spanish Dance and Flamenco. , CubaFlamenco, which has held three editions and this year 2024 is preparing its fourth edition,

37 years ago, on April 1, 1987, the germ of what would later become the Spanish Ballet of Cuba was born by Alicia Alonso in the halls of the Gran Teatro de La Habana, the Cubarte publication stated.

In each of the BEC presentations, with the same force and speed that the dancers’ heels click, and the musicians play the guitar and the cajon live, among other instruments, flamenco passion beats in the hearts of the Cuban audiences. , because they feel Spanish roots running through their veins.