American Royalty Ballet to perform in Cuba tomorrow

Posted: 19-Aug-16 13:38

The American Royalty Ballet adds itself to the long list of famous performers that Cuba has cheerfully been receiving all year long. In just days, some of the world's most prestigious ballet dancers will unite on stage to give life to an unforgettable performance in Havana's stunning Alicia Alonso Grand Theatre.

American Royalty Ballet to perform in Cuba tomorrow

Though only a small island in the Caribbean, Cuba has proved to the world its enormous dancing talent as home to one of the most prestigious Ballet companies in the globe. In an effort to keep honouring this fine art form, the American Royalty Ballet project will be visiting the Cuban capital and offering an amazing gala on Saturday, 20th August.

Carefully organised by Cuba’s National Performing Arts Council (CNAE) and Cincinnati’s Improvedance Centre in America, this unique show will take place in the renamed and beautifully-restored Alicia Alonso Grand Theatre in Havana. The programme will include choreographies from ballet masterpieces like Giselle, Don Quijote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Flames of Paris, La Sylphide, and Le bourgeois, in addition to excerpts of other classical works and several contemporary creations.

Royalty Ballet is one of America’s most representative dance institutions, renowned for uniting some of the world’s best dancers for exquisite performances and extraordinary choreographies oozing with deep artistic sensitivity in every move. Some of the world’s best ballet performers will travel to Cuba for this special occasion, from various countries including Russia, Japan, Ukraine, Germany and the US.

Coming from some of the most prestigious schools on an international scale, like the American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, Ballet Bolshoi, Boston Ballet and Royal Ballet, first-rate dancers will light up Havana’s stage. The likes of Ivan Vasiliev, Matthew Golding, Rodrigo Almarales, Desmond Richardson, Iana Salenko, Joseph Gatti, Jurgita Dronina, Misa Kuranaga and Maria Kochetkova, among others, will honour the island with their wonderful performances.

This magnificent presentation follows many other cultural exchanges between Cuba and the US since the thaw between both governments began on December, 2014. Since then, the island has received a great number of important American musicians, film-makers, dancers and intellectuals who have been able to collaborate with their Cuban counterparts. The visit from the US’ Presidential Committee for the Arts and Human Studies in April was perhaps the most important interaction of all until now, a large delegation composed by amazing artists, including William Smokey Robinson, Dave Matthews, Kal Penn, Usher and artistic director of the Miami Ballet, Lourdes Lopez.

American Royalty Ballet’s performance in Cuba’s capital will be a wonderful introduction to another exciting dance event which is to take place soon in the island. The Classical Dance International Forum will be held in Havana from 28th October to 6th November, with the participation of more world-class ballet stars.


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