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Madrid, the last stop of the ‘Swan Lake’ of the Cuban ballet of Camagüey

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Madrid, the last stop of the 'Swan Lake' of the Cuban ballet of Camagüey

(EFE).- The classic swan lake by Piotr Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa, performed by the Cuban ballet of the city of Camagüey, faces its first weekend of presentation to the public at the EDP Gran Vía theater in Madrid before its return to the Island.

The dance piece directed by Regina Balaguer tells the love story between the prince siegfriedperformed by the principal dancer, Yanni Ulices García, and the princess Odettedirected by Rosa María Armengol, a young woman trapped by the curse of the sorcerer Voth Roberth, who turns her into a swan during the day and a human being at night.

The climax of this work, staged by dancers between the ages of 19 and 21, is to break the spell of Odettewhich will happen with the promise of true love.

In statements to EFE, the director of the ballet group for more than 25 years, Regina Balaguer, explains that the swan lake It has many versions, but he assures that in this one “love triumphs”.

He also says that preparing the work was very “intense” work, because for many dancers it was the first time they had contact with the famous choreography.

It is the third time that this company arrives in Madrid; previously he had done it with the romantic ballet ‘Giselle’ in 2009 and in 2018 with ‘Carmen’

Likewise, Balaguer relates that the show requires a lot of effort from the dancers, “especially from the protagonist who plays two different roles, Odette and Odile (the black swan)”.

It is the third time that this company arrives in Madrid; He had previously done so with the romantic ballet Giselle in 2009 and in 2018 with Carmen, the contemporary neoclassical work by choreographer Peter Breuer.

“Cuba and Spain have always had good relations, mainly in culture and dance (…) ballet has always had preferential taste in the Spanish country. Whenever we come, the public has welcomed us very well,” Balaguer told EFE. who is also a deputy of the National Assembly of Popular Power on the Island.

For the former Cuban dancer, each of her performances are like a “son.”

“A son of mine and of everyone who collaborates (…) The effort is collective,” clarifies the director, who has more than 90 workers.

The work, which has already been presented in the Spanish city of Barcelona with “very good reception”, will be present in the Spanish capital until August 6.


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