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The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble (CBYE) and Cuba’s National ballet Company (BNC), interpreted The Nutcracker this weekend at the García Lorca Hall of Havana’s Grand Theatre, as part of a cooperation project.
Choreographed by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, on the original by Lev Ivánov, almost fifty Canadian children shared the stage with Cuban stars Viengsay Valdés, Yanela Piñera, Anette Delgado, Javier Torres and Elier Bourzac.
The program, also included the participation of students from the Alejo Carpentier Elementary Ballet School and the Vocational Workshop of the BNC’s Dance Department.

Conceived by choreographer and dancer Ivánov, The Nutcracker was premiered in 1892 at Marinski Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with music by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky and the script of Marius Petipá.

It’s a story of dreams, struggles between good and evil and enchanted kingdoms of sweets, based on the short story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, by Ernest Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann, according to the French version by Alejandro Dumas.

The Nutcracker continues to be presented, after 118 years, like the first time, in a memorable co-production by the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble and Cuba’s National Ballet Company.

Source: ACN

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