To come to one of the Meccas of classical dance worldwide, it must be done in style, and this is what Camaguey’s Cuban Ballet intends to do, with its premiere in this capital of “Flammes de Paris”.
This demanding work has never been presented by the prestigious company from Camaguey, whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first performance will be in the City of Light today, and tomorrow the company presents the work at the Palais des Congres in Porte de Maillot.
Flammes de Paris (Flames of Paris) is a Russian ballet in four acts with music by Boris Assafiev and it was conceived in 1932. However, it has evolved considerably, the last adaptation being the modern version created in 2008 by the Bolshoi of Moscow.
Still, it is a little-known ballet that pays homage to the French Revolution of 1789, and is performed by the Cuban ballet company with a version of the choreographer Lila de la Torre. The challenge seems huge as they perform to the 3,700 patrons in the Congress Palace.
Carmen Mayans, the producer in France of the Camaguey group presentations, told Prensa Latina that it is a colossal effort to promote a work performed by talents of Cuban and Russian dance.
After two presentations in Paris, the Ballet of Camaguey will perform in the Zenith of Toulouse, Opera de Massy, Le Dome de Marseille, Zenith de Saint Etienne, and stages of Lyon, Niza, Bordeaux and Annecy, among other cities.
Another notable Cuban cultural event in France will take place before the end of the year with the return of the company of Santiago Alfonso and Varietés Havana Tropical, which enjoyed great success in Europe last year.