The dance is closely connected with the rest of the arts and, during the International Festival of Ballet of
Death of Narcissus (Muerte de Narciso), a ballet with choreography by Alicia Alonso inspired on a poem by the Cuban poet and writer was premiered Friday night in the context of the Ballet Festiva.
Death of Narcissus is based on a poem written by Lezama Lima when he was in his early twenties and it was published by the Verbum magazine in 1936.
The Narcissus myth, taken to the stage by Yanier Gomez of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC), with music by Julian Orbon, tells the story of an exceptionally beautiful boy who never fell in love and instead became fascinated with his own image reflected on the water.
In an evening of premieres, Night of the Eclipse (La Noche del Eclipse), with choreography by Alonso as well, was brought to the stage for the first time on Friday with Anettet Delgado and Yadil Suarez, both with the BNC, on the leading roles.
The ballet is based on the personality of Cuban poet Juana Borrero and her first encounter with Carlos Pio Uhrbach, the man she loved in spite of her father's opposition and who was also a poet from the 19th century.
The program included The Dying Swan that was masterly performed by Russian dancer Vladimir Malakhov, with the Berlin Opera Ballet, choreographed by Camile Saint-Saens.
Worth mentioning was also the performance of the Solistas de La Habana Orchestra directed by Maria Elena Mendiola.