The Sala Avellaneda of the National Theatre hosts today the closing of the season of performances of the National Ballet of Cuba, marked by the talent of the dancers and pieces by renowned international choreographers.

The series of performances that began on 17 March provided an opportunity to appreciate a programme of three premieres, signed by the Spanish choreographer Susana Pous, the Canadian Eric Gauthier and the Brazilian Ricardo Amarante.

According to the institution directed by prima ballerina Viengsay Valdés, the piece by Pous fuses the music of M Alfonso and designs by Guido Galli, to give life to the piece entitled Otra bella cubana, which is distinguished by its feminine point of view and autobiographical elements.

For its part, Gauthier’s project entitled Ballet 101, has as its soundtrack the work of Jens-Peter Abele and from “the five basic positions, it extends the expressive possibilities of the dancer with references to ballets in the repertoire and alludes to characteristic forms used by famous artists”.

The agenda also includes the piece A fuego lento by Amarante, which “shows how the first feelings of love and desire grow in a person, like a fire that burns from within”.

In addition, the creator’s talent is appreciated in the revival of the work Love, Fear, Loss, which evokes the career of one of the most famous French singers of the 20th century, Édith Piaf.

The Cultural Heritage Company of the Caribbean nation also performed Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, which was presented in Cuba for the first time in 2019 with the cast of the National Ballet of Cuba.

Ratmansky’s piece “is an abstract ballet, which demands a lot of physical effort, optimistic and based on one of the most beautiful compositions of the 20th century”, explained the creator during his visit to the island four years ago.