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Costa Rican president attends Cuban National Ballet’s performance

San José, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves attended the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC)'s performance at the Melico Salazar Theater in this capital, where the audience applauded the virtuosity of the Cuban dancers.

President Chaves, First Lady Signe Zeikate, and his daughter attended the first of two BNC performances at the theater on Saturday evening. The second show will be on Sunday afternoon.

The head of State, and Culture Minister Nayuribe Guadamuz described the BNC performances as a cultural interest in Costa Rica as they aim to show the public a dance demonstration that places it in an honorary position among the world’s ballet companies.

The show began with the contemporary piece “The Shape of Red,” followed by “Sui Generis,” performed by Prima Ballerina Gretel Morejon, and “The Dying Swan.” The first act closed with “Don Quixote’s Suite.”

Prima Ballerina and BNC Director Viengsay Valdes was beautiful in the second act. The audience gave her a standing ovation due to her virtuosity and mastery, and cheered her for several minutes during her performance of the classic “Adagio” and the pas de deux of the second act of “Swan Lake.”

The BNC’s beautiful and highly-acclaimed performance ended with “Majisimo,” performed by first dancers Anette Delgado and Dani Hernandez, who also delighted the audience with “The Shape of Red.”

Viengsay, who is also the BNC’s ambassador to the world, told Prensa Latina that these two performances in Costa Rica are one of the company’s first international tours in 2023, which marks the 75th anniversary of the institution, founded by late Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso.

Viengsay accompanied Alicia in 2017 when they performed the classic “Giselle” at the Melico Salazar Theater.


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