The Cuban ballerina Lorna Feijóo, a principal at Boston Ballet, returns to Miami Saturday after a nine-year hiatus to dance with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as part of its Spanish Classical Night Concert under the direction of Pedro Pablo Peña.
Feijóo, who with her older sister, San Francisco Ballet principal Lorena Feijóo, is one of the most celebrated Cuban dancers working in the United States, says she looks forward to performing in Miami again.
“Cubans are more critical and I like that, because it is hard to find a knowledgeable audience,” she says. “In Cuba there is a lot of dance culture; you see packed theaters, and that goes from generation to generation.”
Feijóo comes with her husband, fellow Cuban-born Boston Ballet dancer Nelson Madrigal, to pay tribute to Venezuelan choreographer Vicente Nebrada.
“I love his pieces, his choreography, and I knew this one, Nuestros valses (Our Waltzes), which is very famous and precious,” she says.
This will be Feijoo’s first time performing Waltzes, which is set to music is by Teresa Carreño and Ramón Delgado Palacios.
“I have wanted to dance it for years. It has a lot of vibrancy and the public is fascinated by it,” she says.
The program is similar to one CCBM presented during its tour of Spain in 2011. Sergio Bernal will repeat La farruca del molinero, and Susan Bello and Javier Solano, principal dancers at Venezuela’s Teresa Carreño Ballet, will perform La suite de Carmen by Hector Sanzana, set to the famous Bizet score.
Renowned Spanish dancer Lola Greco will make her Miami debut in Goyescas by Lola de Ronda. Greco, whose father is the celebrated flamenco dancer José Greco, will also join Bernal in the pas de deux El último encuentro (The Last Encounter) by Ricardo Cue to music by Alberto Iglesias and Vicente Amigo from the Pedro Almodóvar film Talk to Her.
Rolando Sarabia, also a virtuoso Cuban exile dancer, will perform the bravura pas de deux from Don Quixote, partnering Hayna Gutiérrez, who returns to Miami after a long absence in Spain. Also on the program are Bernal and Elena Cerro García of the National Ballet of Spain in Puerta de tierra (Earth’s door), a 1960 work by Antonio Ruiz Soler.