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Monday, August 3, 2020

Music + Performing Arts

Video: Osiel Gounod, Cuban Ballet’s Rising Star

Look out, Carlos Acosta—there’s a new Cuban star on the ballet horizon. A two-part video (14 minutes total) introduces Osiel Gounud, among the youngest-ever principal male dancers with the National Ballet of Cuba. And a third video, less than 2 minutes, offers a quick glimpse of this exciting bailarín in performance.

Video: Alcestis Ascending — A Cuban-American Co-Production Goes Off-Broadway

Company HavanaBama, a collaboration between Cuba’s National Office of Scenic Arts (CNAE) and the University of Alabama, has crafted a bilingual rock musical based on Euripides classic tale of narcissism and the redemptive power of love. First stop, Tuscaloosa—then Off-Broadway and Havana.

Video: Dancing Triplets, Four Years Later

BBC reporter Sarah Rainsford recently interviewed the three brothers, now age thirteen, and caught up with them in a short video essay.

Fernando Alonso and the Hidden History of Cuban Ballet

She may be the prima ballerina assoluta, but Madame Alicia isn’t the only Alonso to have shaped Cuban ballet. Toba Singer’s biography of master teacher, dancer, and administrator Fernando Alonso reveals why he’s regarded as the “father of Cuban ballet.”

Carlos Acosta’s Journey

The internationally acclaimed dancer proposes a new direction for Cuban ballet.