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Viengsay Valdés appointed artistic director of Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Recently Viengsay Valdés inherited the mantle from Alicia Alonso as artistic director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba – a position Alonso held since she, Fernando Alonso and his brother, Alberto, founded the company in 1948.

Viengsay is a thrilling dancer – and her joy communicates itself constantly. I have been fortunate to have met and photographed this truly lovely person on my visits to Cuba. She is so equipped with special qualities that her leadership is bound to be inspiring.

‘Go girl!’ as they say in the classics! Every success!!!


Carlos Acosta – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta has been appointed the new director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

A great achievement, so well-deserved for the spectacular Cuban dancer. I first met Carlos in 1990 – he was rehearsing in a studio of the Gran Teatro in Havana. This is the photo I took of him – one of my favourite photos ever. I took the one above when he danced at the International Ballet Festival de Havana in 2010. This is a thrill for him, for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cuba and the Ballet World – not to mention his family! Wishing you all the best Carlos!

Alicia Alonso back on top after health scare!

As some may know – it was a great disappointment for all that owing to ill health, Alicia Alonso did not appear at the recent 26th International Ballet Festival of Havana.

I get constant communications from the Press office in Cuba and was happy to learn the following…

ACTION Philatelic CENTENNIAL Pro-Arte Musical

Today, December 2, the day the Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical in Havana was formed a hundred years ago, a cancellation rememorativa to remember such important ephemerides was performed. This was led by Alicia Alonso, general director of the National Ballet of Cuba; Miguel Barnet, president of UNEAC; and Jesus Gomez Cairo, director of the National Music Museum.

Alicia leads a cancellation rememorativa for Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical in Havana

This rememorativa cancellation was made on the basis of the issue made in 1960, a stamp with the image of Maria Teresa Garcia Montes de Giberga, founding president of this cultural institution, an organization that played an important role in Cuban culture, the disclosure of classical music, ballet and other genres of the performing arts.

The current rememorativa cancellation has a precedent as a request of the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso to the Ministry of Communications, which based its recognition of Society Pro-Arte Musical in its centenary, “despite the limitation of its influence on the social aspect, it was highlighted by the organizational seriousness, the high quality of its shows, and has allowed access to the scene of famous Cuban artists and artistic groups of much of the world. This institution also created, in 1931, the first center for teaching ballet in our country, thus opening the way to further development of this art. “

‘Tis the Season… to buy my Cuba images for gifts!

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One of the beautiful vintage cars seen everywhere in Cuba

Greetings from Cuba!

Hello all. My 7th day in Cuba, and working hard with Roberto Chile, the renowned Cuban cinematographer. I’ve been filming performances at the International Ballet Festival, and interviewing people like Ramona de Saa, the Director of the Ballet School. So exciting to finally be back in the action!

Ramona de Saa, Director of the Cuban National Ballet School, taking a class