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 Homage paid to a ballet jewel , Josefina Méndez

With the gift of dancing with a unique elegance and showing like no other that blend of classical technique, dramatic depth, freedom of speech and Latin passion the image of one of the four jewels of the Cuban National Ballet, Josefina Méndez, went beyond the homage paid to her at the Casa de la Obra Pía, building pertaining to the Havana Historians Office located in Old Havana.

The exhibition called Josefina en la luz de la elegancia features most recent ballet clothing stock - of ballets Giselle, Swan Lake, Tarde en la Siesta and Quixote - by designers Otto Chaviano and Salvador Fernández.

The exhibit also includes three giantography of the performer, 16 images of her valuable dancing photo stock, sketches and a painting that costume director Julio Castaño made of her inspired by René Portocarreros La Flora, a nice reference to talented Cuban ballet dancers.

Prima ballerina of the Cuban National Ballet for almost 35 years, Josefina Méndez died on January 26, 2006, holds the 2003 National Dance Award and left an invaluable legacy to the company and the whole world.

Source: By Maritza Mariana, CubaSi

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