domingo, 15 de abril de 2012

Ballet School Holds Anniversary Performance at Havana's Grand Theater

The National Ballet School of Cuba held its last 50th anniversary Gala with a performance at Havana's Grand Theater on Sunday, featuring the piece Requiem by School Directress, Ramona de Saá, nicknamed Chery, and known as "the Fifth Gem of the Cuban National Ballet."

The Gala included performances by the Manuel Saumel Music School's string chamber orchestra, which accompanied National Ballet School ballet students on stage, who danced the piece Requiem dedicated to the directress' slain daughter and ballet teacher Margarita de Saá.

Performances to mark the arts educational center's 50th anniversary celebrations included two weekends of shows which featured a Suite of the renowned 19th century ballet Coppelia and Paquita's Grand Pas, coached and prepared by the school's teachers throughout a year.

The programs also included solos and pas de deux of the classical repertoire, including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, The Flames of Paris and contemporary pieces choreographed by professor and choreographer Laura Domingo. Other performances included pieces by the National Dance and Folk School, the Pantomime School, the Showbizz School and acrobats and contorsionists from the National Circus School.

Celebrations began on Thursday, April 5th with a Gala by the Cuban National Ballet Company, directed by Alicia Alonso, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Ballet School of Cuba, featuring the one-act comedy ballet The Magic Flute. The ballet’s leading roles were danced by prima ballerina Anette Delgado, principal dancer Dani Hernández, first soloist Yanier Gómez, and Félix Rodríguez, Ernesto Diaz and Leandro Pérez.

The show also coincided with the school’s 2011-2012 graduation ceremony, where students who have just wound up a six month apprenticeship at different dance companies from all over the country, including the National Ballet of Cuba, received their diplomas as professional dancers and teachers.

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