November 6, 2004 |
Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg of England's Royal Ballet are not exactly unfamiliar with the starring roles in "Swan Lake." But the National Ballet of Cuba production is radically different in narrative, tempo and many, many choreographic passages from the version in which they've triumphed in London.
October 30, 2004 |
In a tradition dating back to the royal courts of Europe, the National Ballet of Cuba opened its 19th biennial Ballet Festival on Thursday with a grand defile: a hierarchical parade of dancers beginning with 25 of the youngest children from the company school. Wearing costumes of black and/or white, waves of dancers crossed the stage of the antique Gran Teatro Sala Garcia Lorca, growing older, bigger, more familiar until the current stars appeared, one by one, to screams and bravos.
October 20, 2001 |
Beyond showcasing the current National Ballet of Cuba roster in excerpts from the most familiar 19th century classics, the seven-part program at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Thursday offered an enlightened view of classicism itself--a view expressing the unique sensibility of the company's founder, 81-year-old ballet legend Alicia Alonso.
February 9, 1999 |
The last four decades of the 20th century have been a turbulent period for classical ballet, with all manner of staging fads reordering the traditional repertory to emphasize radical concepts of production design, psychosexual symbolism, interpolated bravura and more.
October 17, 2001 |
When the National Ballet of Cuba presents an excerpts program, it's not just "mixed repertory night." It's billed as "La Magia de Alonso (The Magic of Alonso)," a tribute to Alicia Alonso, the artistic director who founded the company in 1948. The ballet returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for the first time since its debut there in 1998, when it performed Cuban choreographer Pedro Consuegra's "Cinderella."
February 7, 1995 |
Life is never easy in Cuba. Nearly everyone is short of money, food and decent housing. But for Jorge and Ponce there is a special emptiness resulting from a discrimination that affects not only their livelihoods but their place in society. Jorge and Ponce are artists and homosexuals, two groups disdained by Cuban society under the more than 35 years of Fidel Castro's dictatorship. "I am a creator," Ponce said, "and by definition I see the world in a different way.
December 30, 1988 |
More than 100 Cuban artists and writers, in an answer to a call by 100 foreign intellectuals and entertainers for a plebiscite on President Fidel Castro's rule, expressed their strong support Thursday for the Cuban revolution.