ABT in Cuba

So, American Ballet Theater performed at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Cuba, as part of the Havana International Ballet Festival, this Wednesday and Thursday. This is the first time ABT has performed in Cuba since 1960 when diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Castro began to break down. They honored Alicia Alonso (in photo above, taken from Reuters), who danced with the company in the 1950s and 60s and whose 90 birthday is coming up, on December 21st. Apparently, she came out onstage and took a bow.

Unlike ABT’s historic trip to Beijing last year, this one has received a lot of coverage, both in the press and in some blogs. In addition to the Reuters article, here are some others:

NY Times Arts Beat blog 1;
New York Times Arts Beat blog 2;
The Express Tribune (who has an excellent slide show!);
In Havana with Risquet (who has more great photos);
ABC News (video);
News Daily;
Times Union (more pix);
HDLNR.com (video);
CBS News (good video)

I’m sure there are many more, but those are some of the posts I found, to give you a bit of weekend viewing / reading 🙂

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