Cuban National Ballet touring U.S.

Posted: June 5, 2011 in Cuban National Ballet, Photo Essay

Time magazine photographer Peter Hapak caught the historic troupe backstage in Havana as the dancers prepared for their first U.S. tour in eight years. Directing the BNC is 90-year-old founder Alicia Alonso, who started the company in 1948. The tour opened at the Kennedy Center in D.C. last week before heading to the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Costa Mesa, Calif.; and L.A. Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post asks, is the Cuban National Ballet, with its “greatest hits” package of scenes from canonical story ballets, relevant or out-of-date?

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