El Mundo- (Madrid-Spain)
“The Gala opened up with a luxury: Grand pas de deux of Sleeping Beauty interpreted by Óscar Torrado and Laura Hormigón, the Spanish that arrived at the highest of the chart of the National Ballet of Cuba like residents during 10 years. Their Beauty was everything elegance, security and fixation in the lines of the imperial character of this summit of the classicism. It was a pleasure to see them in Madrid another time, also to listen the enthusiasm of the public”.
Danza en Escena (Spanish magazine of dance)
Nº 9 July, August & September 2005
“(...) The Auditorium-Theatre Riojaforum in Logroño displayed the “SOLD-OUT” sign for this magnificent show. An enchanted audience applauded fervently for the fine work of the duo Laura Hormigón- Oscar Torrado, in the roles of Kitri and Basilio, accompanied by the Ballet Rostov. A marvellous Laura Hormigón, together with her fantastic partner, Oscar Torrado, with whom she shares chemistry and understanding, did splendidly in the demanding pas de deux of the third act. This man from Madrid played the genteel leading man without leaving aside his magnificent strength in the leaps and the dramatic execution of his solos. In the pas de deux, Laura and Oscar seem to shine with their pirouettes, turns and portés”.
El Punto de Las artes (Semanal Madrid)
Number 784/ from 13 to 19 of may 2005
“(…) Laura Hormigón and Oscar Torrado, star figures in the Cuban Company for many years after their emigration from Spain due to the lack of dance opportunities that we suffer, have begun by teaching us a lesson in Zaragoza (…) I spent an exceptional evening in the Teatro Rojas, Toledo. The show was superb in both style and form. Laura and Oscar amazed us, their dancing supported as always by their physical beauty and communication. Torrado, as a partner, is unequalled in seemingly impossible tasks (so often eliminated) such as lifting the weight of his moving partner on his extended arm without sacrificing the grace of his movements at any time. A chord was struck in all of us and in Toledo itself as authentic dance met a timeless response.
Victor M. Burell
Revista Por La Danza (Spanish magazine of dance)
Nº 67 summer 2005
“The participation of Laura Hormigón (Kitri) and Oscar Torrado (Basilio) was a sure bet for the enjoyment of the audience. They understand each other perfectly and seem to exude art, quality and virtuosity in both the duos and solos. The climax came with the magnificent pas de deux of the third act. (…) A splendid Laura Hormigón in all her grace, together with her fantastic partenaire, Oscar Torrado, did marvellously in this demanding fragment (…)”.
La Rioja (Logroño-España)
“(…) Oscar Torrado (Basilio) is an elegant gentleman among gentlemen His natural strength and presence on the stage are reflected with confidence in is character. With exquisite sharpness, Torrado infuses the whole Spanish character that so pleased Petipá, giving himself over to the part. Certainty in the turns, elegant elongations and a noble presence in the adagio sections, help to bring the audience to a perfect understanding of this Basilio within the plot of the ballet. Joyous dancing with vigour and masculinity, a sparkling execution and as always, supporting his ballerina to help make her art brilliant. The understanding apparent in the pas de deux sections is of unequal beauty. His potent leaps bring applause at every execution. If Kitri won our unconditional admiration with her pointwork, Basilio captivated us with his interpretation. (...) The standard has been set very high, ladies and gentlemen, the audience at this great “soirée” of ballet, rewarded the artists with a fervent ten-minute standing in the Auditorio Riojaforum”.
Perfecto Uriel. Director of the Dance Museum
“(…) Laura Hormigón and Oscar Torrado, principals dancers of the Cuban National Ballet, are two artists who bring together a rigorous technical perfection with a passion for what they do, bringing that perfection to an unequalled height. From this the beauty of their dancing springs: seemingly winged, their bodies become pure movement, the poetic essence of dance. Theirs is a dance which disguises the difficult abilities, a richness of shades that bring the audience to their feet in fervent applause.”
“The “Black Swan” pas de deux, (…) and pyrotechnic dancing by Oscar Torrado and Laura Hormigón. Like a Bolshoi dancer, Torrado circles the cavernous Auditorium stage with a few, giant leaps and infinite ballon. Together, their dancing is what lyrical partnering is all about”.
Eff ie Mihopoulos
City Center New York, New York October 15-19, 2003 “The season opened with staging of the full-evening Don Quixote,(…) Laura Hormigon and Oscar Torrado, who together were also as brilliantly dashing as they were charming”.
CHICAGO SUN TIMES (EE.UU)
“Laura Hormigon was a fabulously flashy, sharply flirtatious Odile, in the Black Swan duet (partnered by the elegant Oscar Torrado). A knife-sharp dancer with exquisite balances and gyroscopic turns, her confidence and panache lit up the stage”.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE (EE.UU)
“Take Laura Hormigon, whose exquisite portrayal of Odette in Act II of "Swan Lake" leads to a floating exit where her willowy, watery arms undulate with such unreal beauty that you could swear you were watching computer animation.(…) la Hormigon and her capable partner, Oscar Torrado, make for a sweetly affecting and affectionate partnership”.
The Post and Courier (Charleston.net-Carolina Del Sur-EE.UU)
October 8, 2003
“One of the evening´s highlights was the Nutcracker´s Waltz of the Flowers. The Lilac Fairy, danced by Laura Hormigon, was partnered by Oscar Torrado. The couple brilliantly displayed the speed and precision of this favorite pas de deux set to the powerful sound of Chaikovsky´s score. Hormigon´s stunning foot work and Torrado´s soaring jumps accentuated the dance”.
“The celebrated lovers of Verona were given outstanding leads: Laura Hormigón with Oscar Torrado. (...) Each couple performed with a profusion of technique, but without a doubt, Hormigón and Torrado showed distinct advantage, through their conviction and maturity”.
Trabajadores Digital-Cafe de Artistas/ (La Habana ;Cuba)
From 27-05 to june 2003
"The two Spanish premiers danceurs offered a beautiful show.They did all they had to technically (and also filled their quota of prowess: huge leaps from Oscar, amazing leaps on point and extensions from Laura). But the performance was not merely a choreographic review, it was a worthy interpretation. Laura Hormigón, for example, does not have the physique that the audience would expect for a Swanilda, but her pantomime is so graceful, that in no time we were convinced that she was one of those adolescents that has grown up faster than expected. Oscar Torrado and Laura Hormigón had fun dancing Coppelia. They really enjoyed it. And they have made us enjoy it"
The Globe And Mail( Toronto-Canadá)
“Stars or the 21 st Century Ballet Gala”
El Punto de las Artes (Semanal-Madrid)
“I cannot apply the word prodigy to Oscar Torrado (a prima ballerina from the Ballet of Cuba), because of the negative connotations the word has implied from the time of Shirley Temple and Pierino Gamba; but I have no alternative but to confirm that Oscar , who was born to dance in our ex Gran Ballet Clásico only to have to leave (as is the norm), is a prodigious dancer, and we should recognise this once and for all in his country of origin.(...) In September’s performance I witnessed, in the Teatro Albeniz, the best performance of Basilio (in Petipa-Minkus’ Quijote) that I have ever seen; and I have seen too many to count, amongst which I include the version given by Baryshnikov at his peak in New York.
Victor M. Burell
“The biggest ovations of the night were for the Spanish couple, Oscar Torrado and Laura Hormigón. Oscar showed his elegance, his condition and his daring in an excellent Don Quijote”.
La Guía del Ocio(Madrid)
“The principal character (Cinderella) was danced by three completely different personalities (...). The audience was once again inflamed. The same thing happened a few days later with the Spaniard Laura Hormigón who demonstrated an absolute control of the situation, both in her brilliant pirouettes and dramatically; with her a splendid Oscar Torrado, proving himself better and stronger by the day”.
Radio Nacional de España/ Clásicos Populares
“The Cuban Nacional Ballet is performing in Madrid in the Teatro Albeniz. Yesterday we were able to see Laura Hormigón in a truly fantastic Cinderella. I relieve that this role was created for her. Yesterday with Oscar Torrado she completed the starring pair of this ballet which we have enjoyed so much, not only because they are exceptional dancers as we have already seen many times, but because they are extraordinary actors. It was pure pleasure to watch this Cinderella called Laura Hormigón and the marvellous Prince, Oscar Torrado”
Araceli Gonzalez Campa
“Her love, the aristocratically proportioned Óscar Torrado, had soaring extensions and just as easily propelled himself into flight.”
Back Stage (Dance Diary-New York; EE.UU)
“With Laura Hormigón as Sugar Plum Fairy and Oscar Torrado as your cavalier, everything came up roses, they were an exhilarating pair”
The Washington Post (EE.UU)
“Torrado's Albrecht was every bit the aristocrat.(....) Torrado is tall and lean, his legs like rapiers, his carriage regal.”
Orange Country Register( EE.UU)
“Torrado played a sweet, sensitive Franz in understated fashion, demostrating deft, attentive partnering through-out the evening, with sharp attack and fluid buoyancy in the first and third acts.
El Mundo (Madrid; España)
The Spanish couple was applauded for this, the most brilliant performance of the night.”
La Razón (Madrid; España)
“Such as the extroverts Laura Hormigón and Oscar Torrado in the selection from “Don Quijote”, where they triumphed, bringing the audience to its feet.”
Luis G. Iberni
Gramma (La Habana-Cuba)
“On of the most applauded premieres: The nightingale and the rose, inspired by the story of the same name by Oscar Wilde and music by Bach. Compositional rigour, imagination, a capacity to give new life to the creatively elaborated academic virtuosity…these are the key signs found in The nightingale... which boasted three excellent dancers in Laura Hormigón, Oscar Torrado and Nelson Madrigal.”
Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minneapolis;E.E.U.U.)
"Oscar Torrado was her partner, as the fickle Albrecht who abandoned his peasant lover to wed a princess.He was the very picture of courtly grace, even without his sword and cloak, anyone could have spotted him as a nobleman from a mile off".
Star Tribune (Minneapolis;E.E.U.U.)
"Oscar Torrado´s dashing Albrecht was equally memorable, particularly his squeaky-clean lines and sure-footed pyrotechnics in the second act".
Los Angeles Times (E.E.U.U.;National Edition)
"Oscar Torrado,brought nobility of bearing, dramatic fire and fine partnering skills to the role of Albrecht on Saturday".
The Arizona Daily Star( Tucson;E.E.U.U.)
"The entire company seemed equally driven, especially the handsome Oscar Torrado, who danced Albrecht with a fluid masculinity"
Guia del Ocio ( Madrid/ Spain)
nº 1185; of the 31/08 & 6/09/1998
"Oscar Torrado is, without doubt, the best masculine figure of the Cuban National Ballet. His sureness, presence and splendid line make him the perfect partner for all great Ballarina".
El Pais( Madrid/ Spain)
"Oscar Torrado, with an outstanding classic presence and delicious cleaness".
"Oscar Torrado gave a true recital;beautiful line, nobility, elegance and musicality".
"Oscar Torrado,the most complete dancer and the best masculine figure of today´s Nacional Ballet of Cuba"
El Pais( Madrid/Spain)
"The best dancer and partner was the Spaniard Oscar Torrado, restrained and with a beautiful line in Albrecht and sure in his Basilio".
El Pais(Cataluña´s Edition;Barcelona/ Spain)
"Oscar Torrado, was a good-looking prince Gustav".
Carmen del Val
El Periódico de Cataluña( Barcelona/ Spain)
"Oscar Torrado, the prince, was solid".
Montse G. Otzet
ABC( Barcelona;Cataluña Edition )
"The Principle dancer,the Spaniard Oscar Torrado,who unified his usual elegance with his impeccable jumps".
(The National Edition )
"Oscar Torrado always elegant, agile, intelligent, deeply knowledgeable of his partner,traced Gustav in a way which reported a very warm applausse".
La Vanguardia( Barcelona/Spain)
"We could appreciate the technique of the solists in their variations,among which the Spaniards Laura Hormigón and Oscar Torrado were outstanding in the Pas de Deux of the Spanish Dance".
Marjolinjn Van der Meer
Levante-el Mercantil Valenciano( Spain)
"The Palau was brought down when Oscar Torrado danced "The death of a Swan".
R. Ventura Meliá
New York Post( E.E.U.U)
"Cinderella was impeccably partened by the young-looking Oscar Torrado"
Newsdey ( New York/ E.E.U.U.)
"Oscar Torrado elegant and charming as the white Prince".
El Diario de la Prensa( New York/E.E.U.U.)
"Oscar Torrado as the prince Gustav, an elegant noble with physical qualities that touch perfection,an impeccable partenaire and a vigorous and precise dancer".
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