National Ballet of Cuba dancers are known around the world for their exuberant flair and uniquely Cuban style. The company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, and Alberto Alonso (the first professional dancer in Cuba) founded it in 1948.
National Ballet of Cuba will bring their passionate production of “Giselle” to The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 6, 7, and 8.
Octavio Roca is the author of several books including “Cuban Ballet,” with forewords by Alicia Alonso and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has been music and dance critic for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College. Last night he presented an evening of history and conversation about National Ballet of Cuba to prep audiences for their arrival early next month.
Octavio Roca joins us along with SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.