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Fernando Alonso (1914-2013)

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I just read on Lorena Feijoo's Facebook Page that Fernando Alonso died. Here is a link to the short, preliminary report from AP:


Alonso was the co-founder with his then-wife Alicia Alonso of Cuban National Ballet.

Rest in peace, Mr. Alonso.

Mr. Alonso was the REAL creator of the Cuban school syllabus and methods-(not Alicia, as it has been widespread said). Alicia was his first product, and he kept molding her, integrating and experimenting with everything they both had learned since sailing to NYC in 1937 after getting married at the early age of 15 and 16. He's also responsible for the creation of the second major ballet company in the country, Ballet de Camaguey, which he did after having fall from grace with Alicia and exiled from his own company and city. MCB Carlos Guerra comes from Ballet de Camaguey. It is also important to note that Fernando and Alberto's mother was a fervent supporter of the creation of ballet in Cuba, and the fabulous mansion that has served ever since as the ballet headquarters in Havana, and where Alicia seats today as supreme chief, was the Alonso's residence. If we have a great ballet company today it is mainly because of Fernando. Alicia's part comes into the equation after she returns to Cuba in 1959.

RIP Fernando....

Fernando and Alicia in BT's "Undertow", 1947


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Just this past Friday night Lorena Feijoo was on a panel discussion in honor of Fernando Alonso at the Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco – along with her mother, Lupe Calzadilla, and Jorge Esquivel. The event was a launch for a new book called, Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet. Turns out it was also a farewell.

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Quite a life. RIP.

The book mentioned by Quiggin is by Toba Singer. Here's an article about it.

Omissions don´t always condemn things to silence or inexistence; there are universes where omitting a name or a word is perhaps the best way to highlight it. Such an omission then screams out. This will probably happen to the life and work of Fernando Alonso (b. 1914, Havana), even though he doesn’t demand anything. In fact, he says that he would continue to live as he did and enjoy his three great loves: dance, women, and Cuba.

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