Toba Singer - FERNANDO ALONSO: THE FATHER OF CUBAN BALLET

Mar 11 2013 7:00 pm
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2421 Bissonnet St
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Houston
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Texas
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United States
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$30.24
ISBN-13: 9780813044026
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Published: University Press of Florida, 3/2013

The Cuban National Ballet, complete with its own training school and indigenous twist, was built in large part by Fernando Alonso, a remarkable man who danced on Broadway, studied with the greatest figures of the Golden Era of Ballet, and helped win the support of the post-1959 revolutionary government for the advancement of ballet.

Written records of Alonso’s work are scarce, yet Toba Singer’s quest to spotlight his seminal role in the development of the modern ballet canon yields key material: pre-blockade tapes from Lincoln Center, Spanish-language sources from the Museum of Dance in Havana, and interviews with the ballet master himself alongside a broad range of friends, relatives, and collaborators from throughout his long career, including his ex-wife, Alicia, a famous ballerina in her own right.

Under Alonso’s loving guidance, Cuban ballet has become the most revered art form in the country—and a powerful presence in the international dance arena.