Ballet Nacional de Cuba


Choreography Alicia Alonso (artistic-choreographic direction) Marta García and María Elena Llorente on the original by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorski's version
Music Ludwig Minkus
Libretto and designs Salvador Fernández
General manager Viengsay Valdés
First dancers Sadaise Arencibia, Anette Delgado, Dani Hernández, Grettel Morejón, Viengsay Valdés and Yankiel Vázquez
First character dancer Ernesto Díaz
Principal dancers María Luisa Márquez, Ányelo Montero and Chavela Riera
Soloists Laura Blanco, Gabriela Druyet, Luis Fernández, Jorge Guerra, Estefanía Hernández, Adarys Linares, Alianed Moreno and Yunior Palma  
Coryphaeus Víctor Álvarez, Yandy Álvarez, Paloma Blanco, Dairon Darias, Roberto González, Laura Kamila, Melanie Leiva, Ariel Morilla and Loiret Ortega
Corps de ballet Camila Alfonso, Camila Corrales, Carolina Estrada, Javier Fajardo, José González, Yelenia Riverón, Carolina Rodríguez, Ángel Rojas, Roque Salvador, Anette Sánchez, Karen Farrel and Lianet Sotolongo

2.25 h (c/i)

In Spain, which has been invaded by the French in the early 19th century, people gather in front of the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, begging for their help. The popular outcry tries to revive the spirit of the nobleman knight in his constant defence of love, freedom and justice. The image of Dulcinea in the middle of the crowd, evoking the ideal of love, moves Don Quixote, who responds to the call of citizens, accompanied by his squire.
The Cuban National Ballet ranks high amongst major international institutions of its kind, and in contemporary Latin American culture, due to the artistic and technical precision of its dancers and the broad and diverse aesthetic approach of choreographers. Its artistic style is based on respect for the romantic and classical tradition, at the same time stimulating the creative work of choreographers who explore contemporary expression. In 2018 it was declared Cultural Heritage of the Cuban Nation.
Founded in 1948 by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, the current prima ballerina and director of the company is the Cuban dancer Viengsay Valdés.

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