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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, 25 years on the scene and much more

Published: 2017.09.15 - 14:25:36   /  /  Edelvis López Zaldívar  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

The Plaza de Belén in the Historic Center of Havana returned to its traditional sound: the bustle of the street cries, the children in their customary games, and the neighbors of the area in their everyday life.

You do not feel the great routine movement generated by the old three-story house at 659 Compostela Street, which is in front of the Convento de Belén. The everyday life of those who work and receive visitors has stopped in these days, also the coming and going of parents and students who attend their courses. There is calm...

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC), the well-known company led by the renowned Cuban professor, has been deeply involved in a long period of work since the beginning of January.

Recently, the course of summer 2017, which was developed in the year in which the school of the group reaches its first quarter of a century, successfully concluded.

This cycle presented three stages with much needed subjects: fusion, flamenco, folklore, choreography, physical training, makeup and hairstyle, from the training of the first dancers and soloists of the company and experts such as Silvina Fabars, National Dance Award, Idania la Villa, a former soloist of the National Ballet of Cuba and Carlos Velázquez, the main specialist of the Espacio Barcelona-Habana, who is in charge of the debates of art videos.

The presence of passionate people, who wish to deepen the fusion style that distinguishes the company, from Havana, Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguín, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spíritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Matanzas and Artemisa, corroborates the consolidation of the course as a necessary space for professional and spiritual growth.

On the other hand, the participation of learners from other countries has increased. For this occasion, students from England, Uruguay, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland were registered.

Each of these stages closed with a gala in the Avellaneda room of the National Theater of Cuba, where they offered varied and fun shows from the original idea of the professor Lizt Alfonso.

In the middle of the summer course, the founder of the group, accompanied by professor and choreographer Indira Álvarez, taught classes of Danza Fusion in the Summer Dance Training of Tijuana, which was held from July 10 to 14 at the Conservatorio de Danza México.

Other actions from abroad were performed by girls and boys of the prestigious ensemble, as they also performed with the show ¡Cuba Vibra! at the 15th edition of the International Bodrum Ballet Festival in Turkey, which they visited for the second time.

Meanwhile, in June, as part of the 25-year celebration of the company and the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba School, the members of the Vocational Workshops, the Children's and Youth Ballet, as well as the Artistic-Teaching Group offered in the Karl Marx Theater, 1000 children on stage ... and more !, after an intense course of artistic, technical and human growth.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba was thrilled by a very receptive audience, which received it favorably yet again, last May, from 13 to 18, with its world premiere at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso for three consecutive weekends.

With one hour in duration,¨Latido¨ stood out for the choreography by professor Lizt, the music of the composer and saxophonist César López, who wrote especially for the show and the collaboration of other specialists such as the critic and playwright Eberto García and young Yanelys Pérez, who was in charge of the costume design.

When asked by Radio Enciclopedia about the cast of the work, the Goodwill Ambassador of the UNICEF responded:

"Unbeatably ¨Latido¨ could not have been done without the majority of the dancers who make up the company, that school that we founded 25 years ago and that today the group is a great source, in which the youngsters come out so well trained, because they receive classes of all the specialties of the dance, what makes them to be very competent, creative and active dancers."

When we suggest an assessment of this long period, she said:

"It has been 25 years of hard work, which if we say that implies one’s youth it means even more risks and more crops, with very large results that gives you the conviction that we will not stop."

"In the case of the Lizt Alfonso Ballet, we are working hard and will continue on that path as well as with the workshops, we are quite sure that others will come later, and they will continue doing that work so that the whole cycle is completed in an endless spiral, and we hope that they are ascending as these 25 years have been."

What is the key to the success of the professor Lizt Alfonso?

"The key to success is work, to have goals to achieve and that are increasingly higher and more ambitious from an artistic point of view."

Have you achieved your dreams?

"Yes, the dream was to have a dance company and get to Broadway, and everything that happened after has far exceeded the dream and what is still happening, continues to surpass it, but that is the beauty, that is why goals have to be always higher."

Words that qualify the company you run?

"Work, results and future"

They will celebrate these first 25 years until December 2017. They began with the performances at the Karl Marx Theater in a tour of some of the milestones of the company calling the show ¨Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba 25 años en escena¨, which includes important moments of the repertoire of dance and musicals.

From its site on Facebook they already announce their next presentation with the recognized title ¨Fuerza y Compás¨, for the coming September in the Sala Avellaneda of the National Theater of Cuba. It really is a party.

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