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Cuban anniversaries

Posted on October 21, 2013

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alonso-giselle-coleccion-museonacionaldeladanzaCuba will soon celebrate two dance anniversaries. On October 28, it will be 65 years since the foundation of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC). On November 2, it will be the 70th anniversary of ballerina and company founder Alicia Alonso’s first performance of Giselle.

The company will mark these two events with a ceremony on October 28, held in the Theater Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. On November 2, BNC will dance Giselle in the Theatro La Maestranza in Seville, Spain. At home in Cuba, it will dance the world premiere of Alonso’s new ballet Acuarela (“Watercolour”), to music by Josef Strauss. In December, the company will dance a special season including Giselle and works from its historic repertoire. See for details.


Picture: Alicia Alonso in Giselle. Photograph: Colleccion Museo Nacional de la Danza

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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