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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Alicia Alonso: I’m not Thinking about Retirement

Havana, Cuba, Sep 7.- Prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer Alicia Alonso stated on Tuesday that she’s not thinking about retiring from her post of director of Cuba’s National Ballet Company and that, at her age (90), she’s still linked to that art, no longer physically, but mentally.

In a conversation with Europa Press, the founder of the celebrated company joked about the matter of who’s going to succeed her in that responsibility, because she plans to live 200 years, the Cubadebate Web site reported.

During the presentation of Swan Lake, on stage again starting from Wednesday at Barcelona’s Tivoli Theater, she asserted that she’s pleased with her experiences and family life, and acknowledged the importance of ballet for her existence.

With the energy and enthusiasm that characterizes her, she pointed out that she loves life very much and that she will give it all she’s got and pass on her knowledge to other generations of dancers as long as she lives.

She expressed satisfaction for her artistic career which, during 2010, was acknowledged with tributes in theaters as important as the Covent Garden of London, the Opera House of Sydney, the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, and the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow.

She condemned the US blockade against Cuba, adding that it makes no sense, since Cubans always find strength to carry on, plant, produce, and be self-sufficient. (acn).