The National Ballet of Cuba begins its European tour today in Madrid with ‘Swan Lake’, one of the classic “favorite” of his choreographer Alicia Alonso, who presented his show, a synthesized version of Tchaikovsky’s work in three acts and an epilogue. The tour will stop in October in Santander, in the season of the Festival Hall which begins this weekend.

A 88 year-old, Alicia Alonso made his European tour, which opens at the Teatro Compac Gran Vía de Madrid with eleven programmed functions of ‘Swan Lake’, a show in which the choreographer, despite their limited vision, has worked “with each individual, not just doing steps, but with characters who act on stage and where everything has its meaning,” he explained.

And is that according to Cuban artist, the most important in the representation of a classic is “that has a meaning for somebody who knows about ballet technique and for those who go to see art,” something that has led her to join the third and fourth act . Alicia Alonso claims that this dual female character, “the white swan and black swan, the fragile and next to attack man, love and love pure evil, is the biggest match of a dancer.

“The dancer who manages to conquer these two roles gets a medal, because he has to speak with subtlety, gently and without losing the classical ballet style,” he says.

But, convinced that her ballet has “a lot of people very artist who will cross the stage,” Alicia Alonso has given the lead roles of Siegfried and Odette to different pairs of leading figures such as Viengsay Valdes and Elier Bourzac or Anette Delgado and Joel Carreno.

The show, which matches these days in Madrid with another big billboard, the Bolshoi Ballet by Yuri Grigorovich, “has many new things,” because “Cuba’s National Ballet dances always like new”, but the director did not wanted to reveal surprises. But Alonso statement that “love must triumph over evil,” and that its main purpose is “that the audience leaves the theater with a sense of future, hope and beauty, because love conquers.

The European tour, which arrives with ‘The Lake’ and ‘Giselle’ to Santander and will culminate in Italy in November, responds to a top of the choreographer: “Artists have homeland, our tree is planted in our country, but our fruit belongs to all of our art belongs to the whole world. “

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