HAVANA, Cuba.- The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel lamented in a message on his Twitter account the death today in Havana of Alicia Alonso, founder and director general of the National Ballet of Cuba and one of the most relevant personalities of dance in the world.
Alicia Alonso is gone and leaves us with a huge void, but also an unbeatable legacy. She placed Cuba on the altar of the best of world dance. Thank you, Alicia for your immortal work, the Cuban President wrote on his Twitter network from Mexico where he began this Thursday an official visit.
Alicia Alonso died at CIMEQ Hospital in Havana, at 11 a.m. this Thursday, October 17, 2019, two months and three days into his 99th birthday, leaving for Cuban and universal culture a deep footprint that places her among the greatest figures in dance in all times.
Founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, her name identifies the Gran Teatro de la Habana (Great Theatre of Havana), a stage from which she captivated Cubans and foreigners for her excellence as performer, choreographer and director of one of the most emblematic dance companies of the world.