Centennial of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso commemorated in Cuba

Centennial of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso commemorated in Cuba



With numerous activities, Cuba pays tribute this December to Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso, who would celebrate her 100th birthday on the 21st.

The commemoration began this Monday with a mass in the Santa Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Havana, with the participation of prominent artists, such as soprano Johana Simón, countertenor Lesby Bautista, cellist Jessye Cordero, the Khronos Trio, the student choir of the Teaching Unit of the National Lyrical Theater of Cuba, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso, under the direction of Yhovani Duarte.

On Wednesday 16, at five in the afternoon, the 40th edition of the Vivarium magazine dedicated to the centennials of the births of Alicia Alonso and prominent Cuban writer Eliseo Diego, to be presented at the Parish of Saint Guardian Ángel, located in the Angel Hill in Old Havana.

The exhibition Alice in her Country of Wonders will open on Thursday 17, 4:00 pm., In the Origen Gallery of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, with works by famous plastic artists, among them René Portocarrero, Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez , Juan David, Fayad Jamis, Manuel Mendive, Alfredo Sosabravo, Zaida del Río, Arturo Montoto, Alicia Leal, and Roberto Fabelo.

On the other hand, a stamp on the date will be canceled on the 18th in the lobby of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso with images of characters from modern ballets starring Alonso.

Cuban prose by Alicia Alonso, an anthology published by Ediciones Unión, with texts selected by Pedro Simón and José Ramón Neyra, will be presented on the 19th, in the space of Book Saturday, in the Plaza de Armas, in Old Havana, while Sunday the 20th, starting at 6:00 in the afternoon, on the facades of different buildings in the city, a selection of images of the most famous characters played by the stellar dancer will be projected.

The National Cuban Ballet and other important dance groups in the country will offer three gala performances under the title of Fiesta de Alicia Alonso on 18, 19 and 20, at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso.

Also, the National Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the Prima Ballerina Assoluta with a concert at the Hall Covarrubias of the National Theater of Cuba, on Sunday 20. 

On Monday, December 21, birthdate of Alicia Alonso, at 10:00 am., a Solemn Session will take place in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, while that same day, a Commemorative Coin of the Centennial will be launched, at the Grand Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso.

On Wednesday 23rd, the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) will pay tribute to this universal Cuban with the screening of the film Giselle, by Enrique Pineda Barnet, at the Acapulco cinema in the capital.

The well-deserved tribute will end on December 29, the date that marks the stage debut of Alicia Alonso, with a Gala at the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater of Cuba, organized by the Provincial Directorate of Culture.