The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) is scheduled to perform Wednesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it will give four shows after a brief, warmly-received stay in Washington.
The Cubans will kick off their Brooklyn performances with “La magia de la danza” (the magic of dance), a show that is like an anthology of relevant moments of 19th century dance, including versions of classics like Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and the Gottschalk Symphony.
The BNC came to New York after earning a burst of positive reviews, such as the one by Maritza Gueler, who wrote in Danza Hoy, “The Ballet Nacional de Cuba dances with passion, the passion of its own Cuban essence. And it dances with the pride of being one of the most famous companies in the world, whose main characteristic is the technique of the Cuban school of ballet.”
Meanwhile Sara Kaufman of the Washington Post wrote, “There are so many stellar qualities in this company, all of them underscoring a wide-open embrace of physical potential.”
Under the general direction of Alicia Alonso, the company has returned to New York as part of a U.S. tour after an eight-year absence.
The next cities on the tour agenda are the Costa Mesa and Los Angeles in California, where the tour will end on June 28.