HAVANA, Oct 19 (PL) The people of Cuba parade this Saturday at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso as a show of respect for the country’s most universal artist, recently deceased. A row of several blocks grows from one of the sides of the Havana coliseum that hosted many triumphs of the artist and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC), the company she founded in 1948 along with Alberto and Fernando Alonso.
The spontaneous interest of a people to see the legendary dancer for the last time shows the popularity of a woman who was not satisfied with shining in the great theatres of the world but who took care to spread the dance in all corners of her country, even the most humble.
People of all generations pass this Saturday in front of her coffin, some lean out, others simply put one hand on the coffin and with the other tears wipe away, try not to see her, prefer to remember her vital, energetic, as she was always seen. Many kiss their fingers before touching the sarcophagus, Alicia awakens that love, even in those who did not know her personally.
The music of The Death of the Swan is sometimes filtered and the artists continue to arrive and embrace each other, Alonso was important to everyone, the messages of condolence do not cease.
Today is a sad day for the world, but she will always be with us,’ says BNC Vice- Artistic Director and lead dancer Viengsay Valdes, ‘she says it and the crying continues.