HAVANA, Cuba. - Prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, director of Cuba’s National Ballet Company (BNC), arrived in Paris on Thursday, where she will direct the performances of her company on Friday and Saturday and will be the object of a special tribute.
Alicia has confessed that being on French stages once again brings her pleasant memories.
At the European nation, critics recall her unforgettable presentations, along with those of Olga Spesitseva, Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Yvette Chauvire, Carla Fracci and Alexandra Ferri, among the Giselles that marked a new era in dance, the Prensa Latina news agency reports.
The mythical Cuban ballerina, also a choreographer and an Ambassador of Good Will of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture, who holds the Order of the Legion of Honor of France, will receive the homage shortly before the BNC’s debut at the Centre des Arts de Enghien-les-Bains .
On Saturday, at the Theatre du Casino de la Ciudad Luz, the Cuban troupe will delight French ballet lovers once more, with the classic piece Giselle, with which it will close its presentations in France after a tour that took it to several British cities.
The organizers of these presentations expressed their satisfaction for having the privilege of receiving one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, a living legend of world dance.
With her unique style, Alicia has won a prominent place in the international scenario; she’s known as Latin America’s top classic dance figure, and one of the most outstanding personalities in the history of that artistic expression.
Her versions of Romanticism pieces were admired at the Paris Opera, where she also displayed her virtuosity in the Grand Pas de Quatre and Sleeping Beauty.