Alicia Alonso: The Diva Lives!

Alicia-Alonso-001To read that Alicia Alonso, the 89-year-old head of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and arguably that country’s most distinguished cultural figure, is still alive, is like learning that Maria Callas or Gloria Swanson still stalk the stage. But it’s true: La Alonso — virtually blind, and still wearing trademark Jackie O. sunglasses — still whinnies with us. Her pronouncements in this new interview are pure Ballets Trockadero: “Art is the lungs of the people,” “I am dance.”

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