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Fernando Alonso: It is Hard to Tell You Adieu

By Yolanda Ferrera Sosa/ Radio Cadena Agramonte

We don’t say goodbye to transcendental human beings. Master ballet teacher Fernando Alonso Rayneri belongs to that kind of people. Aside from being in charge of the National Ballet of Cuba for many years and being a founder and promoter of the Cuban Ballet School, he brilliantly led Camagüey’s ballet company.

He dedicated 16 years of his fruitful life to upgrade the technical and artistic level of the young dancers who made up the company, founded on December 1st 1967 by another giant of this art, the Camagüey-born ballerina Vicentina de la Torre

The senior ballet teacher knew how to take to company, where contemporary style choreographies prevailed, to highest levels.  Little by little, he added all-time classic ballets to the company’s repertoire, among which are “La Fille Mal Gardée”, “The Swan Lake” and “Giselle“, just to mention some.

Thanks to Alonso Rayneri, the Ballet of Camagüey bases today in a beautiful and inspiring headquarter known as “Villa Feliz”. Before his arrival in Camagüey, its dancers worked in the upper floor of the “José Luis Tasende” theatre, which lacked minimum conditions for their performances.

International tours and the building up of a pointe shoe factory under his management also contributed to the development of Camagüey’s ballet company.
Likewise, Fernando Alonso Rayneri broadened the range of influence and relations of the company even outside Cuba, such is the case of their joint work with Ballet Royal de Wallonie and choreographers Jorge Lefebre and Menia Martínez, who became regular collaborators.

With his diligent work, his unshakeable optimism and his love for this art, Fernando could sow and reap among new comers and veteran dancers. He joined purposes, set goals and consolidated the work of everyone in the company.  

Admired, respected and loved by all, Fernando’s work in the Ballet of Camagüey was decisive for the comprehensive evolution of the company, for its being acknowledged overseas, and for being among Cuba’s most representative cultural ambassadors. Of course, that wasn’t an easy task: he found many pitfalls on his path, but managed to break through the walls.

Due to all the above and more, we can not say goodbye to this legend of ballet, a man the city of Camagüey adopted as a child of its own. His name is also engraved in the hearts of those boys and girls he taught and in the people who enjoyed his art. Simply because there are human beings for whom farewell appears to be impossible.