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Cuba's Swan Lake to open 12th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival

04-26-2012 14:16 BJT

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The Cuban National Ballet, one of the world’s leading ballet troupes, will open the 12th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival with its repertoire "Swan Lake" on Saturday in the Chinese capital.

For months, the founder of the troupe, Cuba’s legendary ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso has been busy leading the troupe preparing for their return to China, despite her ripe old age of 92.

From April 28 to May 4, the Cuban National Ballet is scheduled to perform in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. They will present their interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet "Swan Lake," with choreography by Alonso based on the original by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

Alonso said she was pleased to be performing at the festival because "the Chinese public is a great lover of arts, enthusiastic and with great knowledge of the world of dance." Alonso and Cuban National Ballet previously performed in China in 1960, 1964, 1965, 2002 and 2004, when they presented the best of the company’s repertoire with performances of "Giselle," "Coppelia," "Don Quixote" and "La fille mal gardee," among others.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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