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Alicia Alonso and Cuban Ballet Acclaimed in USA

Alicia Alonso and Cuban Ballet Acclaimed in USA

The love of Kitri and Basilio flooded this capital with the style of the Cuban National Ballet (BNC), which received strong cheers for the piece Don Quixote and it will be performed today to the North American public.
Hundreds of people attending the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, enjoyed the performance of virtuous dancers who gave themselves entirely to the piece inspired by the novel Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Spanish writer Miguel of Cervantes.

The play, with choreography by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, Martha Garcia and Maria Elena Llorente, on the original by French choreographer Marius Petipa, and a version by Alexander Gorski, managed to win over an audience in which there were many connoisseurs of dance.

First ballet dancer Viengsay Valdes looked stunning in the role of Kitri, which has given her great international successes and with which she won the heart of the American public.

Dani Hernandez, the company's first ballet dancer, was impeccable in his performance of Basilio and, along with Valdes, started ovations several times, especially in the Grand pas de deux of the third and final act.

Claudia Garcia and Chanell Cabrera as Queen of the Dryads and Love, respectively, also provoked many examples of admiration, as well as Ariel Martinez as Espada (Sword), bullfighter, and Ginett Moncho as Mercedes his lover.

But beyond the electrifying performances, perhaps the most exciting moment of the evening was when the presence of Alicia Alonso at the Opera House was announced.

At the time in which the presence of the founder and director of the company was known, those attending the John F. Kennedy Center rose their seats and joined in a long applause.

The ovations were even longer when, at the end of the performance, the 97-year-old artist took the stage with the members of her company to greet the audience, who enjoyed for being in the presence of a universal art legend.