Posthumous tribute to outstanding dancer Alicia Alonso


Cultural personalities, family members, colleagues and members of the National Ballet of Cuba paid tribute today in Havana to the excellent dancer Alicia Alonso, one year after her physical disappearance.

The honorary president of the National Union of Writers and Artists, Miguel Barnet, delivered the words of remembrance during the ceremony, which took place in the Colón Cemetery where the remains of the greatest figure of dance in Cuba rest.

Alicia had the merit of going beyond the realm of reality to place herself in that of unreality. Become a legend like Giselle, she is now more alive than ever. He moved away, only temporarily, to enter the elusive smoke of the gone, the Cuban intellectual declared.

In his words, Barnet stressed that everything in her overshadows death. Alice is life, and not even in the beautiful statue of the theater that bears her name, there is death. Its plasticity embodies the principle of dance, which is none other than that of an upward spiral.

About the founder of the Cuban School of Ballet, the writer and ethnologist stressed: ‘She is the ethereal muse that subdues us, the Cuban who, dancing to Cuba, touched the edges of the universe and gave the spell of her island to the world. He is here with us, closer than ever. ‘

He also highlighted the validity of his work in the year of his centenary and reaffirmed that legends like Alonso are not forgotten, because they do not die. “Let’s crown her with the sincere vow not to tarnish her legend,” which bordered on her international career that kept her active until her death, at age 98.

The teacher and choreographer trained several generations of dancers, placed Cuban ballet on the world map of dance and won numerous awards such as the Gold Medal from the Madrid Fine Arts Circle, the ALBA Prize for the Arts and the National Prize of the Dance.

In the context of the Day for Cuban Culture, those attending the reduced pilgrimage placed a wreath and offered a heartfelt ovation on behalf of the faithful public who, throughout the island, pay multiple tributes to the most recognized dancer of all the times.

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