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The National Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, travels this weekend to France where it will participate in the Les Etés de la danse de Paris (Paris Summer Dance Festival) set for July 16 to August 3.

For the third time in its history, the festival is dedicated this year to Cuba's leading dance troupe.

The festival venue is the Grand Palais, a building built for the 1900 World Expo and recently renovated.

For its performances in Paris, the Cuban troupe selected two of its most acclaimed classics: Giselle, version by Alicia Alonso based on the initial inspiration of Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and Don Quijote, version by Marta Garcia, Maria Elena Llorente and Alonso from the original by Marius Petipa and the variations introduced by Alexander Gorski.

Professors Maria Elena Llorente, Felix Rodriguez and Javier Sanchez will also give four classes during the Festival to transmit their teachings from Coppelia, Swan Lake and The Flames of Paris.

The Cuban National Ballet tour actually begins on July 9 in the city of Perpignan and Vaison La Romaine on the 10th, both in the south of France. The two performances will be in outdoor amphitheaters so large audiences can enjoy their art.

Viengsay Valdes, Anette Delgado, Hayna Gutierrez, Sadaise Arencibia, Yolanda Correa, Romel Frometa, Joel Carreno, Miguelangel Blanco and Javier Torrez will play the lead roles, accompanied by soloists and the rest of the Cuban National Ballet.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

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