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Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso was granted the Honoris Causa Doctorate in International Relations by Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez.

The director of the Raul Roa Garcia Higher Institute of Foreign Relations Isabel Allende read the resolution issued by the scientific council, which acknowledged Alsonso’s work as a ballerina, choreographer, professor and director of the National Ballet of Cuba.

Alicia represents the highest expression of Cuban culture, whose aesthetic values add the principles of patriotism and the defense of Cuban identity, the resolution stresses.

The document also reads that Alonso has collected outstanding merits in the promotion and defense of Cuban culture in the field of international relations and she has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the work of the Cuban Revolution abroad.

During the ceremony, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Literature laureate Pablo Armando Fernandez dedicated Alicia a poem inspired in her outstanding work.

In her words of appreciation, Alicia said that one of the greatest virtues of dance is its capacity to communicate not only ideas, but also feelings, moods and other subtle human expressions.

She said she received the title in the name of dance, which she described as the artistic expression that gave her the privilege of communicating with others, overcoming language barriers, political circumstances and other obstacles.

The ceremony was attended by the Cuban government vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel; UNESCO’s general director Irina Bokova; Council of State secretary Homero Acosta; Culture minister Rafael Bernal and the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana.

Source: Cubasi

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