Alicia illuminates Cárdenas
Alicia Alonso, with her National Ballet of Cuba, was back in Cárdenas recently, this time with the University Students Federation to offer a performance of " La magia de la danza" , to pay homage to José Antonio Hecheverría, in the year of the 50th anniversary of his death.
During the preamble of the show in the Cárdenas movie- theater, Carlos Lage Codorníu, president of the organization, delivered to Alicia and to the Ballet the commemorative stamp 50th Anniversary of the actions of March 13th and 85th Anniversary of the foundation of the FEU for her attachment to the Cuban student body (...) " for her infinite dedication to our culture, for being a company of high professionalism".
Some moments before, on the way out of José Antonio's natal house, the Prima Ballerina evoked the student leader and founder of the Revolutionary Directory: "He was something wonderful for us, a hope in the moments when tyranny wanted to destroy everything, even the ballet. We have been always linked to the FEU because the homeland joins us".
Cárdenas was one of the first populations of Cuba that received the visit of the National Ballet in 1950. The company returned in the year 1957 during the protest tour, when the clique of Batista withdrew its state economic support. In those moments was precisely the FEU the one that organized a show of protest at the University Stadium. Although José Antonio was not in Cuba, Fructuoso Rodríguez got out of secrecy to present the act, and that was his last public appearing before being assassinated.
For this so longed return the National Ballet of Cuba took a cast of stars to Cárdenas: Hayna Gutiérrez, Aymara Vasallo, Sadaise Arencibia, Yanela Piñera, Taras Domitro, Joel Carreño, Javier Torres and Elier Bourzac.
La magia de la danza, a show that gathers choreographic fragments of the ballets Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Quixote, The swans lake and Gottschalk Symphony,will be tomorrow Friday and on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. in the Sauto Theater of Matanzas.