Salt Spring to Cuba and Back

What do the 23 people in this picture have in common?

Well, they’re all from Salt Spring for a start. And they’re all ballet lovers who journeyed to Vancouver as a group to catch the National Ballet of Cuba in a full production of Don Quixote. Here they all are in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, February 18 just after the ballet ended.

The excursion was organized by ArtSpring to take advantage of the first ever visit by this legendary ballet company to western Canada. The company was founded in 1948 by Alicia Alonso, who in her 90s amazingly still dances with the company when it performs at home in Cuba.

The consensus from the Salt Springers was that the Vancouver performance was quite extraordinary. The 72 dancers in the company are highly polished and, especially in the person of the principal dancers, hugely gifted performers.

The group left Fulford as foot passengers on an early ferry, travelled from Tsawassen by chartered bus to the QE, and returned the same way in the evening. A long day, but well worth the effort to catch a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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