San Juan Ballets

8:00 pm
Friday, April 19, 2024

Ballets de San Juan presents its new performance proposal, Ballets de San Juan Clásico on Friday the 19th, Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of April, at the Santurce Fine Arts Center. The program will feature a varied and exciting repertoire that includes four gems of the classical repertoire; The Animated Garden of Ballet el Corsario and Las Danzas Polovetcianas, along with two other choreographic premieres. The season will have the special participation of the first dancer Argenis Montalvo and the first dancer Ana Elisa Mena, both from the National Company of Mexico.

The Animated Garden, a ballet within a ballet, is an ensemble abstraction that emulates the great corps de ballet of the classical repertoire. It is part of the third act of the ballet The Corsair, premiered at the Paris Opera in 1856, choreographed by Joseph Mazilier and inspired by Lord Byron's poem. In 1868, Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot made a revival of this ballet for the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, which is what we know today. The choreographic version for BSJ was created by Adolfo de la Toba, current artistic director of BSJ. The premiere will feature designers Nemesio Canchani, in the set design and Sylvia Levy in the costumes.

The Polovtsian Dances comprise the best-known fragment of the opera Prince Igor by Aleksander Borodin; one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. The libretto, inspired by a medieval poem from 1185, tells of Prince Igor's fight against the Polovtsians, an invading tribe. The Polovtsian Dances constitute a brilliant moment in Act II, when defeated and imprisoned Igor, along with his son, offer him freedom in exchange for an alliance that the prince rejects, which arouses the admiration of his enemy, who then orders dances in your Honor. The set design was created by architect and master ceramist Jaime Suarez.

Two essential elements of the international classical repertoire are added to the season; The pas de deux of La Bayadere and the ballet La Esmeralda. A season that, without a doubt, will delight lovers of the art of dance. The lighting design will be in charge of Orlando Carreras, all under the artistic direction of Adolfo de La Toba, together with the work team of the famous company that this year celebrates 70 years of experience.

For more information, you can call (787) 725-9140, or access BSJ's social networks. Tickets at Ticketera and at the Fine Arts Center box office.

This production is possible thanks to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the sponsorship of the Joint Special Commission on Legislative Donations for Community Impact.

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