Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso died


Over the decades, enthusiasts of Alicia Alonso as a dancer, ballet Director and choreographer around the world as one of the best in their field. Their visual impairment was not the road for your success. Now she died at the age of 98.

Alicia Alonso in 1979

The “prima ballerina Assoluta” leave a huge gap, but also an unsurpassed legacy, tweeted to the head of state of the socialist Caribbean state, Miguel Diáz-Canel, to the death of Alicia Alonso. It is the only Latin American dancer, was honored with the title of “very best ballet dancer of her time” – an award which is only reserved for the very few dancers.

In the process, Alonso was visually impaired from a very early stage of your career strong: After a double power house detachment, she was able to distinguish only the shade. Since then, they oriented themselves on the stage with the help of light markings. In addition, you supported your imagination. “I dance in my head,” she said again and again.

With its tremendous discipline managed to Alicia Alonso and thereafter to seduce the audience with their elegant and spirited jumps. With 40 years you managed to still use the 32 rapid rotation of the black Swan in Swan lake.

Cuba always

After the victory of the Revolution in Cuba, Alonso’s was its own company, the national ballet of Cuba. With your school they created a distinctive dance style. As a guest, you danced to the best houses in the world, including at the Paris Opera and Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre. Only after 74 years, she stopped dancing. As a choreographer but she made even more.

In Cuba, hung, Alonso up to the end. All of the financially tempting Offers and high Reputation in the abroad, in Spite of it remained their home faithful where they deeply revered.

The she founded the Cuban national ballet, according to Alonso died at the age of 98 in a hospital in the Cuban capital. The cause of death remained unclear.

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