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Joffrey Ballet Hopes to Dance in Cuba

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The Chicago Sun Times has reported that during a news conference at this year’s Havana International Ballet Festival in Cuba, a festival official said he hopes to have the Joffrey Ballet appear as part of its 2012 season.

Both American Ballet Theatre and stars of the New York City Ballet performed in the festival.

“I very much want us to go,” Ashley Wheater, artistic director of the Joffrey, told the Sun Times. “It would be a great experience for the company, and I also think it would be very important for Cuba’s dancers to see the work of the current generation of choreographers now creating new dances in this country.”

The New York Philharmonic is planning to visit Cuba in 2011. And earlier this year Chicago hosted both Havana’s Teatro Buendia (at the Goodman Theatre), and the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company (at the Auditorium Theatre). For the full story, visit www.suntimes.com

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