The magic of dance

The magic of dance

By Julian Swain

By Julian Swain

Dance Critic

Following a Fireside Chat with Dance Critic Ann Barzel, in Dress Circle of the Auditorium Theater, Alicia Alonso’s Ballet Nacional de Cuba brought to Chicago an evening of unforgettable classical ballet. Excerpts from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote , Swan Lake and Sinfonia de Gottschalk comprised the evening’s program. The sets were fabulous, lacking nothing in technical skill.

I have seen most of the major classic dance companies of the world, but never before a male contingency of dancers so numerous, strong and technically trained. Sixty-five dancers appeared costumed to perfection, making entrances and segues with impeccable timing and performing the most intricate of movements without flaw. Every offering brought the house to its feet, and the “bravos” resounded.

For three days, Chicago was fortunate to experience the artistry of the fabulous company, proving the importance of subsidizing the arts.

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