The Havana ballet festival has arrived

The Havana ballet festival has arrived

The National Ballet of Cuba has been celebrating its 66th anniversary since 28 October, and theatres such as the Karl Marx, the National Theatre of Cuba and the Mella are about to burst into life with the arrival of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, continuing until 7 November.

This year’s festival is dedicated to the English playwright William Shakespeare, enabling audiences to enjoy performances of some of his works, translated into the language of dance.

The event will include stars from the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, Ballet Hispánico from New York, the Linga company from Switzerland, and the Ballet Estable from the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to name a few.

The Festival, directed by the Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, will also be running hundreds of associated activities, including book presentations, keynote speeches, visual art exhibitions, film and video screenings. 

Alongside this, the Cuban company will be offering courses in ballet technique for professionals, teachers and advanced students.

Visit our blog to view images taken by Gabriel Dávalos, one of the finest photographers of Cuban ballet dancers.

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To view the itinerary for the Havana Ballet Festival: