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Alicia Alonso Welcomes Obama to Gran Teatro Alonso

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I'm not sure if this has been publicized outside Latin America but Cuba's national treasure, the great Alicia Alonso, today welcomed US President Barack Obama to the theater that now bears her name (Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso). The following TV report, from the Caracas-based regional cable organization teleSUR, is in Spanish but the visuals are worth sharing and quite precious, including her grand entrance into a loge, delighting the audience with some swan-arm moves.

http://videos.telesurtv.net/video/489266/el-gran-teatro-de-la-habana-reabrira-este-1o-de-enero

The same, via YouTube, in case the above link doesn't work on some servers:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hoYeoJ1VKDw

The Gran Teatro was renamed for Alonso upon its re opening two months ago, following a very long period of renovation.

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Thank you for drawing attention to this--I had no idea.

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Yes, thanks for the link. As well as the images of Alonso and Obama, there's a short clip about the theater itself, with some astonishing views.

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Related article from online English edition of Cuba's national newspaper, GRANMA:

http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2016-03-23/obama-meets-alicia-alonso

From NPR, a similar article, with a photo of Alonso waving her swan arms above the cheering crowd:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/22/471449265/watch-on-a-tough-news-day-a-remarkable-moment-of-grace

Admins, please move or copy to Links, if more appropriate there.

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