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Centennial of Alicia Alonso: Cuban Ballet, Past, Present, and Future


April 19
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

On the occasion of the centenary of Cuban dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Alicia Alonso, three luminaries from the dance community gather to share their perspectives on the complex and profound legacy of Alonso in her native Cuba and beyond. From her meteoric rise to fame as an understudy wowing American Ballet Theatre audiences as Giselle, to her powerful yet controversial influence as the founding artistic director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba during the reign of Fidel Castro, Alonso left her mark on the world and generations of performers. To explore the nuance of Alonso’s impact on Cuban Ballet, dance cuba documentary producer and director Cynthia Newport will bring us into conversation with former prima ballerina at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba under Alonso, Lorna Feijóo, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez, and Alonso’s successor as Artistic Director of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Viengsay Valdés.

April 19, 2021
2:30 p.m. PDT