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Cuba Nacional Ballet director Alicia Alonso to Venezuela
"I combine historical and cultural ties with Venezuela, where I hope to meet with old friends. This visit has a cultural and friendly nature, a pleasant reunion with a close people," the Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta stated.

"I come to end a fruitful choreography with Venezuelan ballet dancers. Giselle is a beautiful piece, for which I have a great respect and hope to give a magnificent show," Alonso told El Universal newspaper.

The sublime Cuban ballerina will arrive in the Venezuelan capital today, on what will be her seventh visit to this South American nation after an absence of 25 years.

Cultural authorities from this country are expected to pay tribute to the BNC and its founder, on the 60th anniversary of the Cuban ballet company, and recall her first performance in this city in the main role of Giselle.

Venezuelan ballet dancers Cristina Gallardo and Cristina Amaral will play the part of Giselle, while Cubans Joel Carreño and Javier Torres that of Prince Albrecht.

Giselle is a ballet in two acts with music by Adolphe Adam, choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli, and script by Theophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy, based on the De l'Allemagne piece (1835) by Heinrich Heine.


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