The Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall of the Place des Arts Theater of Montreal, Canada, will present Cuban prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes, and the world renowned Cuban Ballet Theatre in Giselle, in what will be their first appearance in this city on February 17, 18 and 19. The only other Canadian city to have hosted the Cuban National Ballet has been Hamilton, where a project of collaboration between the Cubans and the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble has been underway for the last three years. This exchange has been mutually beneficial for both companies, and has enriched cultural diversity and sharing between the two peoples.
Giselle, choreographed by living legend Alicia Alonso and based on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is one of the most representative pieces in the repertoire of the Cuban company and it is a historic piece as well since Alicia Alonso immortalized it 1943, when she performed this role almost by chance. Her rendition of Giselle is considered a classic and probably, according to critics, the best interpretation ever done of this character. Alonso is still the ballet company director at 90 and it is common to see her on first row at all the performances.
The Cuban Ballet company has informed that prima ballerinas Anette Delgado, Viengsay Valdes and Sadaise Arencibia will play the role of Giselle; Elier Bouzac, Alejandro Virelles and Dani Hernandez will interpret Duke Albrecht; and the Queen of the Willis, will be starred by Sadaise Arencibia, Yanela Piñera and Marize Fumero.
This presentation of Giselle this month in Montreal falls into the celebrations for the 170th anniversary of Giselle and the bicentenary of the birth of Theophile Gautier (1811-1872), a French poet, critic and novelist that was also one of the scriptwriters of the piece. Giselle was premiered in Paris, on June 28, 1841.