Choreographer Alberto Alonso died this past Monday.
From The Gainsville Sun:
Internationally, Alonso was best known for his 1967 work "Carmen Suite," the only Bolshoi Ballet ever commissioned by a non-Russian. Although his signature contemporary style was controversial at the time, "Carmen Suite" has endured as one of Russia's greatest loved ballets
This is devastating news...I had the pleasure to be last year at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, in a Gala offered to his extensive career. I even approached him, and he signed my program. A little , EXTREMELY HUMBLE, aged guy with exquisite manners. He even apologized to me for not having a good eye sighting in order to stamp his signature in the program. I had to guide his hand. I'm very sorry for this loss, and i want to offer my condolences to his widow, Ms. Sonia Calero, a former BNC character ballerina who danced signature roles in many of his creations. Yes, Cuba has lost one of the three Alonso responsible for creating the cuban style and ballet school: Alicia, Fernando and Alberto:
RIP Mr. Alberto Alonso