Paying homage to a diva, Zenaida Armenteros
Cuba is music and dance; two of the most important expressions of the national culture stand out in the person of folk singer and dancer Zenaida Armenteros. Shes a founder member of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional and still exhibits an effortless elegant performance. Aged 76 Zenaida won the National Dance Prize 2005.
In paying homage to the diva, the Consejo Nacional de las Artes Escénicas organized a honouring program presented at the Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura.
Also the documentary film La Ayagba de Cuba - script and direction by Irina Landrove and Pedro Maytín - was projected. The story is inspired on Zenaida's 60-year-artistic career. In all these years she has staged the roles of all the African-Cuban orishas being, however, the primary dancer of Oyá in the Conjunto.
Her dazzling art and acting have been praised more than once by personalities like the National Theatre Prize-winning playwright Eugenio Hernández Espinosa, the National Literature Prize winning-novelist Miguel Barnet, researcher writer Natalia Bolívar, director Hugo Oslé.
Source: By Ignacio M. Doubrechatt, CubaSi