Lizt Alfonso Ballet opens New Zealand Arts Festival
The Lizt Alfonso Ballet Company of Cuba brought its public to its feat on the opening day of the Christchurch Art Festival, one of the most important artistic events of the summer season in New Zealand.
The dance companys Fuerza y Compas was selected to open the festival at the Isaac Theatre Royal, an event attended by Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Clark personally greeted the Cuban dancers at the conclusion of their performance and praised them for their energy and high artistic concept on stage.
The opening of the festival had special significance for the Cuban company since it fell on July 26, National Rebellion Day, Cubas most important national holiday.
The Lizt Alfonso Ballet troupe performed sketches and scenes that ran from classic ballet to fusion and flamenco, with an ever present vitality in performing the choreographies.
The Christchurch Art Festival continues through August 12 and besides dance includes symphonic orchestra concerts, art expositions and opera performances