On the record, at least, her colleagues profess to be unconcerned that Alonso has not designated a successor, raising doubts about how the company may fare once she leaves the scene.
"I'm sure like everything in life it will go on," one of the company's current stars, Barbara García, said by phone. "Yes, it's an uncertain future; we don't know how it will continue. I imagine it will continue."
As for the formidable comandante of Cuban dance, she has in fact announced the age at which she plans to step down from her duties. About 200 years ought to do it, she reckons.
"I love life," Alonso said. "Amo la vida."