The International Day of Dance, which has been celebrated every April 29th since 1982, will be dedicated to remembering the brilliant career of the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso (1920-2019), in the year of her centenary.
The Council of Europe of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the world body for the performing arts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), agreed to pay tribute to the great Cuban dancer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador until her death on 17 October.
According to Cuballet’s publication on social networks, the tribute was scheduled to take place on July 16 at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, and was organized by the Spanish Delegation of ITI/UNESCO and the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation in collaboration with other national and international institutions.
However, given the global emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the low probability that this event can be held in all its international dimension, it was decided to organize a virtual tribute disseminating the life and work of the exquisite dancer.
The ITI/UNESCO newsletter for the International Day of Dance will be dedicated to the figure of Alicia Alonso, and a link will appear to the web page specially created to pay homage to her.
The site will offer data on Alonso’s career as a dancer and choreographer, as well as present a photo gallery of her most famous performances and personalities she shared with throughout her career.
The material to disseminate the life and work of the eternal director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba is already available at dia-internacional-de-la-danza alicia-alonso.jimdosite.com.
(Taken from ACN)