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BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA: NATIONAL IDENTITY AND GLOBAL PROJECTIONS. Ana María Hernández CUNY, LaGuardia.
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Ana María HernándezCUNY, LaGuardia
Founding Members were:
Fernando Alonso, Director
Alberto Alonso: Artistic Director and Premier Danseur
Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina
Igor Youskevich: Premier Danseur
Cuban Dancers: Dulce Wohner, Silvia Mediavilla, Magda González, Ada Zanetti, Karina Blanch, Enrique Martínez, Eduardo Perovani, Eduardo Parera.
Visiting Dancers: Melissa Hayden, Barbara Fallis, Paula Lloyd, Cynthis Riseley, Helen Komarova, Arlen Garver, Lilliam de L’Aire, Sally bSeven, Francy Falk, Terry Millie, Ana García, Michael Maule, Royes Fernandez, Gilbert Reed, Sharon O’Brien, Peter Bonura, Socrates Birsky, David Ardourian, Bernanrd Pisarsky (Cabrera 1998, 15)
“I studied with everyone I could, all the great masters. I created my own way of dancing when I returned to Cuba, together with a group of teachers. We got together and developed, with the artistic ideas we had and using me as a model, what is the Cuban School of Ballet, something that agreed with the way we are, with our physique, our way of moving, our way of interpreting music. The Cuban School of Ballet has a technical style which is based on the principles of all the great schools of the world, but the way in which we combine the exercises and the way we later integrate them choreographically already has the stamp of Cuban personality, of the Cuban School of Ballet [...]And our dancing is always airy, it always has an aerial accent, whether it is character or demi-charactère, or whatever it might be, because our popular dances are always very light and airy.” (My translation) Interview, Grand Palais de Paris, July 2008, on the opening of “Don Quixote” for Etés de la Danse
Royes Fernandez in “Giselle”
Black Swan Variations:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBUSlZAirvc [Dudinskaya 1953]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KIqeQHaaBM&feature=fvw [Alonso late 50’s]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypeUwNAxOCA [Valdes 200?]
Fernando Bujones: American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet,Ballet de la Opera de Paris, Ballet della Scala, Danish Royal Ballet. Artistic Director, Orlando Ballet.Lázaro Carreňo: Houston Ballet, La Scala, Australian Ballet, National Ballet of Canada.Jorge Esquivel: San Francisco Ballet.Carlos Acosta: Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet.José Manuel Carreňo: American Ballet Theatre
La Habana: Ediciones Cuba en el Ballet. 1998.
La Habana: Museo Numismático del Banco Nacional de Cuba.