SARATOGA SPRINGS – Kicking off an exploration of Cuban Ballet and its founder Alicia Alonso, the National Museum of Dance hosted a welcome reception and “Alicia Alonso’s Giselle” photo exhibition on Tuesday, May 22.
The exhibit was augmented by an introductory, from the heart, at times emotional greeting by Octavio Roca – the foremost authority on Cuban ballet, and renowned dance historian and music and dance critic.
This exhibit opening was the first in a series of events to promote the debut appearance of the National Ballet of Cuba at SPAC. There could be no finer spokesperson and ambassador than Mr. Roca, who honestly had the gathering so enthralled that it was remarkable to experience.
The photo exhibit itself is stunning: A historic wonder in Black + White. Here are a few examples:
National Ballet of Cuba will make its first appearance at Saratoga Performing Arts Center as one of just four U.S. locations on its tour and only visit to New York State for three performances of story ballet Giselle on June 6, 7 and 8, presented in partnership with Skidmore College.Visit spac.org for details
The National Museum of Dance is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Admission is free on Tuesdays. For more information about the National Museum of Dance and School of the Arts visit dancemuseum.org or call 518-584-2225.