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Classical Dance Festival at Bucharest National Opera

The ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) presents November 11 – December 5 a classical dance festival under the logo “You, too, dance along with us!”

Throughout the month there will be scheduled some of the most popular ballet performances, including “Don Quixote”, “Giselle”, “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Corsair”. Alongside the most ONB talented ballet dancers, the public will also see the special guest stars at the festival: Vittorio Galloro and Arianne Lafita Gonzavez. Naples-born Vittorio Galloro has danced in performances at over 100 theaters worldwide and in many shows in Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Mongolia. As a professional dancer, he collaborated with the European Ballet (London), the Cuban National Ballet, the Reggio Emilia classical ballet company, and as a soloist at the Budapest Opera, Prague Opera, the Dutch company Introdans. Ballerina Arianne Lafita Gonzavez, born in Cardenas (Cuba), began her career at the Cuban national Ballet Company, and in 2005 she becomes prima ballerina at “Ballet de Cuba-Laura Alonso”. Since 2009, she has been collaborating with “Victor Ullate comunidad de Madrid” (Spain). Last September, Arianne Lafita Gonzavez was awarded the “Grand Prix” at the Loano (Italy) International Festival. The classical dance Festival will start with “Don Quixote” (Ludwig Minkus), Sunday, Nov 11, 7.00 p.m., the latest premiere of the ONB Ballet Company, inspired by Cervantes’ eponymous novel. The event is dedicated to emeritus artist Ileana Iliescu, one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the Bucharest National Opera. “I’m honored that the Bucharest national Opera has not forgotten me. This celebration is very important to me, considering that I reach 75, though I don’t feel my age, and that due to my inner mood. A person’s youth is not measured in years, I am an old woman who feels young. My entire life I have been surrounded by young people who instilled me with vitality and joy which I stored. ‘Don Quixote is the ballet I loved the most and my joyous beyond words that it is dedicated to me: it represents me technically and performance wise,” Ileana Iliescu said.The cast of “Don Quixote” Nov 11 will join the most gifted ONB ballet dancers. Conductor Ciprian Teodorascu is in charge of the musical direction.  The next performances part of the Festival are: “Giselle” (Adolphe Ch. Adam) – Nov 15, “The Sleeping Beauty” (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) – Nov 18, “La Bayadere” (Ludwig Minkus) – Nov 21; “Le Corsaire” (Adolphe Ch. Adam) – December 5.

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