November 17 2017
The fille mal gardée. Photo: Carlos Quezada
The National Ballet of Cuba can not miss in the Tribute to Fidel Day, the historical leader of the Revolution, which has meant so much in the history and development of the company .
The program-tribute includes works with different interpretative styles and will be presented on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, at the Gran Teatro de la Habana “Alicia Alonso” .
This season also celebrate the 140th anniversary of the premiere of La bayadera, and the 65th of the staging of Alicia Alonso’s version of La fille mal gardée . It also includes the world premiere of the ballet Anyali , by Ely Regina Hernandez
The Grand pas de La bayadera (choreography: María Elena Llorente, on the original by Marius Petipa, music: Ludwig Minkus, set design: Ricardo Reymena, costumes: Salvador Fernández) was produced in 1877, at the Marinski Theater, St. Petersburg, as lead soloist to Lev Ivanov, who would later achieve celebrity as a Nutcracker choreographer and the second and fourth acts of Swan Lake .
The libretto of La bayadera , created by Serguei Kuschelok and Marius Petipa, was inspired by two dramas by the Hindu poet Kalidasa. The present Grand pascorresponds to the scene of the festivities for the betrothal of Gamzatti, the daughter of the Raja, and Solor, a warrior prince.
In the oriental culture, the bayaderas were dancers and singers who intervened both in religious ceremonies and in profane parties. In the theatrical dance of the 19th century, populated by extraordinary female creatures – sylphs, undines, wilis, swan-women, shadows, ghosts … -, the bayaderas, for their exoticism, enjoyed special popularity.
In the repertoire of the National Ballet of Cuba is another fragment of the ballet La bayadera : the scene known as The Kingdom of Shadows . The protagónicos will be assumed by Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Bárbara Fabelo, Rafael Quenedit, Raúl Abreu and Ariel Martínez, who debuted in the roles of Gamzatti, the daughter of the Raja, and Solor, respectively.
The world premiere of Anyali (choreography and costumes: Ely Regina Hernández, assembly assistants: Yasser Domínguez and Mercedes Piedra, music: Ezio Bosso, light design: Ruddy Artiles) will have as interpreters Anette Delgado, Bárbara Fabelo, Adrián Sánchez, Daniel Rittoles, Darío Hernández, Ariel Martínez and Adniel Reyes.
Close the program, La fille mal gardée (choreography: Alicia Alonso, on the original by Jean Dauberval, music: Peter Ludwig Hertel, designs: Salvador Fernández).
This ancient choreographic comedy, created by Dauberval in 1789 and whose music and choreography have subsequently undergone frequent changes and adaptations, was reconstructed by Alicia Alonso for the National Ballet of Cuba in 1952, in a summarized version in one act. It presents a synthesis of the most characteristic elements of the plot and the style of the time, but without neglecting the incorporation of technical and theatrical elements that have subsequently enriched the language of ballet.
The protagonists of these functions are Anette Delgado, Viengsay Valdés, Chanell Cabrera and Claudia García, who debuts in the role of Lisette. Rafael Quenedit, Patricio Revé, Yankiel Vazquez and Raúl Abreu are the Colin. In Mama Simón you can enjoy the experienced Ernesto Díaz and Félix Rodríguez. The cast is completed by Daniel Rittoles, Narciso Medina and Brian González, who debuted in the Alain. In the sympathetic character of Don Tomás, Adniel Reyes and Yansiel Pujada will premiere, those who will alternate with Ernesto Díaz. All seconded by soloists and body dance.
Tickets for these performances (Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25, 8:30 pm., And Sunday 26, 5:00 pm.) Can be purchased at the box office of the Gran Teatro de La Habana “Alicia Alonso” from next Tuesday, November 19 .