Betzi Roe to dance in CubaPosted by: nancym 11 months ago
CoSA Dance Chair Betzi Roe will be traveling to the International Ballet Festival in Havana Cuba November 2-7. She and her dance partner Manuel Alcántara from Rosarito, Mexico will be performing three duets from their 2015 Fringe Festival piece “120 Years” at the Casa de Culture Justo Vega during their stay. They will be participating in workshops, observing classes and enjoying performances from dance companies from around the world and will, undoubtedly, bring back lots of inspiration to share with their students on both side of the border.
Below is a description of the event, translated from Cuban:
One of the biggest and best-loved events of its kind in Cuba, the International Ballet Festival of Havana attracts some of the top dancers and companies from around the world who perform along with artists from the country's own National Ballet of Cuba. The first International Ballet Festival of Havana, created by the ballerina Alicia Alonso, was held in 1960 and became a biennial event from 1974. To this day, the event continues to be the most prestigious ballet festival in Cuba and one of the most anticipated globally.
Many important events will take place along with the Festival, such as special courses in ballet technique for professionals, teachers and advanced level students. There will be exhibitions in galleries of our capital, as well as lectures, book presentations, and film and video showings.
The 25th International Ballet Festival of Havana “Alicia Alonso” is a unique moment for the artistic exchange among principal figures in the world of dance, personalities, critics, specialists, and businessmen, as well as an exceptional opportunity for the lovers of this art expression. Once again, this feast of the choreographic art uses Alejo Carpentier’s thought that expresses: ¨The spirit of dance is inseparable.
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