Ballet Nacional de Cuba
artistic director Alicia Alonso
La magia della danza

Giselle
(scenes from the second act)
choreography Alicia Alonso da Jean Coralli e Jules Perrot
libretto Théophile Gautier e Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
inspired by a German folk legend by Heinrich Heine
music Adolphe Adam
scenography Ricardo Reymena
costumes Salvador Fernández

Sleeping Beauty
(scenes from the third act)
choreography Alicia Alonso da Marius Petipa
music Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij
stage and costumes Salvador Fernández

The Nutcracker
(scenes from the second act)
choreography Alicia Alonso da Lev Ivanov
music Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij
scenography Isabel Santos
costumes Salvador Fernández (“Grand pas de deux”) and Félix Avila (“Valzer dei fiori”)

Coppélia
(scenes from the first and third act)
choreography Alicia Alonso da Arthur Saint-Léon e da Marius Petipa
music Léo Delibes
stage and costumes Ricardo Reymena

Don Quixote(scenes from the first and third act)
choreography Alicia Alonso (artistic and choreographic direction), Marta García e María Elena Llorente
by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorski
music Ludwig Minkus
scenography Frank Álvarez
costumes Salvador Fernández

Swanlake
(scenes from the second act)
choreography Alicia Alonso da Lev Ivanov
music Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij
scenography Ricardo Reymena
costumes Julio Castaño

Gottschalk Symphony
choreography Alicia Alonso
music Louis Moreau Gottschalk
scenography Erick Grass
costumes Salvador Fernández


Ninety-five-year-old dance icon Alicia Alonso left her mark on the repertoire, if only for wisely adapting classical ballet to the specific qualities of Cuban dancers. Since founding her own company and dance school in 1949, Alicia has taught an excellent line of virtuosos. Their soft curve gives subtle sensuality and brilliant exuberance to such important pieces as the romantic Giselle by Coralli-Perrot or the Petipa/Ivanov timeless recreation of Swan Lake.
The Ballet Nacional de Cuba tours with an anthology of Alicia’s magic spells, a review of Western ballet as well as a dive into Cuban ballet, with a taste of Gottschalk’s Symphony, Caribbean rhythms and Criollo flavours.