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Magia de la Danza, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, London Coliseum | reviews, news & interviews

Magia de la Danza, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, London Coliseum

Magia de la Danza, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, London Coliseum

The Cubans' decline confirmed in their gala programme

Viengsay Valdes as Giselle: 'she is not just a trick-pony but an affecting and sensitive ballerina'Nancy Reyes
“It’ll be tricky to write about,” said the man next to me last night, a Cubaphile. “It's the good, the bad and the awful.” The Cubans’ second programme, The Magic of Dance, is an old-fashioned warhorse of showstoppers from the classics, a tapas bar of Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Gottschalk Symphony. Come again, the last one? It’s a company conga by Alicia Alonso. Enough said.

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Valdes' balance in Don Q was phenomenal, no? But I agree about the unturned out legs and lazy feet ... don't know why Cubans have merited this reputation for 'superb technique" ... i sat there thinking - poor things, poor dear things PS Another things that worries me is the gentlemen's supports - all sorts of bumps and lumps worryingly visible

This is nothing but a reflection of what is going on in The Island of Cuba. It is also reflected in sports as well where the "professional" baseball team just recently lost when playing against a team of rookies from the USA. We should keep in mind that those dancers are doing what the could do just to survive and waiting for the opportunity to defect and become free artists and find the opportunity of become dancers without the shadow of the "state" breathing on her necks even while they are performing. Yes it is sad and obvious how deteriorated the whole spectacle is, Viengsay Valdes may be the last and newest jewel of the crown of the company and is sad she is going to be wasted like her previous "coworkers" (they are not spoused to be called STARS in Cuba). Alicia Alonso is no longer working with the company, she left Cuba years ago, obviously running away from the worsen of the situation in the Island although she still claims to be the DIRECTOR of the Ballet Company...Yeah, right. and she was the force who kept the group together because of her Fidel-like DICTATORIAL style. She was the most adored and hated individual among her pierces. As Fidel Castro, she is old, blind and kind of "cu-cu" so is Fidel so is the whole concept of the old Revolution. We should applause the effort of those young kids and understand that they are nothing but a reflection of what Cuba has become.

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