With different school training and in front of a demanding audience, 12 professional dancers from the main ballet companies came to Havana to show why they are at the top of today´s classic dance
August 24, 2016
Undoubtedly, the gala presented by Ballet Royalty at Havana´s Alicia Alonso Theater was a smash success. Thanks to the intention and the wish of the US Improvedance Dancing Company and the National Council of Performing Arts, top dancers of the world staged a gala which went down in history as one of the events of the year in the country.
With different school training and in front of a demanding audience, 12 professional dancers from the main companies of the world dancing circuit (Bolshoi, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Mikhailovsky Theatre; among others) came to Havana to show why they are at the top of today´s classic dance.
With choreographies known by Cubans, but in different versions, as well as three pieces of neoclassic style, the program allowed to appreciate the different school training of guest dancers and their potentialities. The expectations were high, and the guest were up to scratch. Every dancer left a trail of refinement and grace on the stage, which in spite of the broad difference among dancers, no one could suppose that these galas allow them to interact. Although they have seldom danced together, on the stage they look as if they had been dancing for long.
That is the case of Russians Semyon Chudin (Bolshoi) and Jurgita Dronina (Real Ballet of Canada) in the pas de deux of The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. She was full of lyricism and grace and he was quite an elegant prince with enviable shape. Besides his superb technique.
María Kochetkova, one of the pampered dancers of today´s world ballet, delighted us with an inspired and clean Kitry and with style; alongside Daniil Simkin who got a standing ovation in his charismatic solo interpretation of Le bourgeois from Ben
Long-awaited was the return, ten years later, of Russian star Ivan Vasiliev who even with unaccustomed physical conditions for ballet, surprised by keeping intact his techniques with equal fluency, besides a contagious joy in the pas de deux The flames of Paris. He was accompanied by the beautiful Ukrainian Iana Salenko, elegant and self-confident; who also joined the elegant Matthew Golding (Royal Ballet) in the Black Swam.
Interesting was the interpretation, the shades and the aesthetic performance staged by Japanese Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet) to the solo The Death of the Swam; besides delighting us with Sylphide accompanied by Cuban Rodrigo Almarales.
Almarales joined Cuban Adiarys Almeida (in her return to the national stage after 13 years) in the duet Chor. No. 2 by the young dancer; where a recurring style marked by Jiry Killian and Silvye Guillem was perceived.
Adiarys also excelled in a Corsair, pas de trois where she displayed her spectacular fouettes accompanied by Golding and guest artist Joseph Gatti.
It was, undoubtedly, a great evening gala for dance, a moment to enjoy this kind of events in Cuba.
Translated by ESTI