Don Quixote [Full-Length Ballet]

Don Quixote [Full-Length Ballet]

How about a steamy ballet for a warm (almost summer) evening? Get out your favorite cold beverage and red fan, because tonight’s Thursday at The Theater presents: Don Quixote, full-length ballet with the Cuban National Ballet! Don Quixote Mr. Rossini, the uploader of this fantastic hour and a half production writes of the two principal dancers, Viengsay Valdes and Romel Frometa: The two key dancers representing Kitri (Viengsay Valdes) and Basilio (Romel Frometa) dominate as they should with dancing of tremendous energy, skill and enthusiasm. The youthfulness and good humour of their roles comes over strongly. This is also supported by all the subsidiary roles plus the excellent Corps de Ballet. The most spectacular moment of many comes at the end as Basilio throws Kitri, who holds a joyous star-like shape, a full half metre above his wide stretched arms before catching her for a final set-piece hold. With a dancer like Viengsay Valdes that will be very apt. You have not seen a ballerina like her – her balance on one en pointe is unreal. Something to see to believe. No wonder the discerning French audience burst into applause every time. She is petite and muscular, maybe less elegant than a Russian star dancer but in a role like this, more suitable because of her “Spanish” look. In any case, what she loses in elegance she makes up in sensuality and in a superior technique together with her partner who also shows remarkable athletic capabilities being able to lift and carry her with only one arm. – Mr. Rossini Don Quixote Video courtesy of YouTube.com. Don Quixote Love...

National Ballet of Cuba Gets Three Standing Ovations

This weekend the National Ballet of Cuba performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver to enthusiastic fans. Kevin Griffin from the Vancouver Sun reports on the troupe’s execution of Don Quixote where the National Ballet of Cuba gets three standing ovations! Classical ballet dancing doesn’t get much better than the National Ballet of Cuba. National Ballet of Cuba Gets Three Standing Ovations Vancouverites got their first chance to see some of the best dancers in the world on stage in Don Quixote at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thursday. Audience members responded enthusiastically with two standing ovations during the performance – plus one at the end. In particular, premier dancer Viengsay Valdés as Kitri combined great stage presence with outstanding skill. It’s no surprise that she’s rated the sixth best dancer in the world. In her pas de deux in the third act, she balanced en pointe on one toe while she raised the other behind her. She didn’t do that just once but five times. Lest anyone think she could only do it on one side, she did it with both the right and left legs. After Valdés electrified the audience with her performance, the focus shifted to her partner, Osiel Gounod as Basilio. Full of bravado and confidence, he momentarily paused and looked at the audience as if to say: “Yes, she’s good. But so am I. Watch me.” And that’s what we did as he commanded the stage with his performance. When he jumped with outstretched legs during grand jetés, he had so much height he appeared to be momentarily defying gravity and floating. When he...

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