Royal Ballet in Cuba with Ballet Boyz

The Royal Ballet in Cuba with The Ballet Boyz, 2009
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The Royal Ballet in Cuba with The Ballet Boyz, 2009

Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, former dancers for 12 years with the Royal Ballet, go to Cuba with England’s top ballet company for their first tour ever to the island!

The two are now known as the Ballet Boyz. I like to think of them as the Ballet Dynamic Duo! 😉

Royal Ballet in Cuba with Ballet Boyz

In this heartwarming 2009 documentary, Mike and Billy follow the Royal Ballet, led by native Cuban Carlos Acosta to a ballet adventure of a lifetime. I was so moved by the great reception Cuban ballet lovers gave the dancers, it brought tears to my eyes.

The Royal Ballet in Cuba lead by Guest Principal Dancer Carlos Acosta
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The Royal Ballet in Cuba lead by Guest Principal Dancer Carlos Acosta

A bit of Royal Ballet background…

The Royal Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England.

Previously known as Vic-Wells Ballet and Sadler-Wells Ballet…

The largest of the four major ballet companies in Great Britain, the Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, it became the resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946 and was granted a royal charter in 1956, becoming recognized as Britain’s flagship national ballet company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Royal_Ballet

Royal Ballet in Cuba with Ballet Boyz

Who are the Ballet Boyz?

The Royal Ballet in Cuba with Mike Nunn and Billy Trivett
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The Royal Ballet in Cuba with Mike Nunn and Billy Trivett (Billy and Mike on a bike!)

The Boyz—Michael Nunn and William Trevitt—are a couple of escapees from the Royal Ballet…

The following quote sums up what the “Boyz” are all about:

“Ballet is off-putting almost by definition; you can’t get around that. It’s weird and difficult, often it just looks silly, and it appears to live on a planet a million miles from real life.

Once you fall in love with it, you’re hooked forever, but if you meet this creature on a blind date, you may well start thinking that the two of you have nothing in common and no conceivable future.

That’s precisely where The Ballet Boyz step in. They’re matchmakers between ballet and its shy, suspicious audience, and wherever they go, wedding bells, or at least meaningful relationships, seem to follow.”

http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/dance/reviews/n_9510/

According to Carlos Acosta, ballet in Cuba is so popular it’s like its national “sport”. Mike and Billy went on to investigate and found that crowds were lining up to buy tickets, which quickly sold out!

The sign below reads:

“Para el Royal Ballet solo se venderĂĄn 2 entradas por persona.”

[Translation: “For the Royal Ballet only 2 tickets will be sold per person.”] 🙂

Tickets were sold for 20 Cuban pesos. That is cheap!

"For the Royal Ballet only 2 tickets will be sold per person."
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“For the Royal Ballet only 2 tickets will be sold per person.”

So it’s time for you to enjoy this exciting documentary and witness the historic event.

 

Video courtesy of channel True2pointe3.

Also thanks to fourmorechannel.com/4more

Conductor: Daniel Camps.

Artistic Director: Dame Monica Mason

Administrative Director: Kevin O’Hare (Presently Artistic Director since 2013)

Royal Ballet in Cuba with Ballet Boyz

I loved this documentary, featuring a truly historic event. I also enjoyed seeing Fernando Alonso. Sadly, since this filming, he has passed away.

So tell us what you think below. Did you like the video? Share why with ballet lovers world-wide!

See you next week for Thursday at The Theater at Classical Ballet News!

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