HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 23 (ACN) The first dancer of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (BNC) Viengsay Valdés was appointed deputy director of the company directed by the legendary Alicia Alonso.
I am grateful for the trust they have placed in me, I feel that I can help the dancers in their training and professional development, I hope to convey security and inspiration to share that common dream of a united and strong company, she told Prensa Latina agency.
According to the official designation of the Ministry of Culture, Alonso remains the general director of the institution but Valdés would be in charge of artistic decisions.
I have the best relations with Alicia, marked above all by respect and admiration. She always gave me great professional advice in my career and was an idol to follow, highlighted the dancer whose last performance was precisely a tribute to the teacher.
For health reasons, Alonso was unable to participate in the 26th Havana International Ballet Festival, from 28 October to 6 November, and at the closing gala Valdés paid tribute to her by performing a piece by choreographer Tania Vergara on a music by Frank Fernández entitled ParAlicia by himself.
Passion for dance and honor, she just wrote in his Facebook profile the first figure and member of the International Dance Council - belonging to Unesco - after sharing a video art made by filmmaker Alejandro Perez on the previous piece, in which you can appreciate the affective relationship between teacher and student.
At this time, I value preserving and defending the historical legacy of our company so that it continues to be recognized at an international level," he emphasized.
According to the artist, one of her main satisfactions in recent years has been the opportunity to work closely with the Fernando Alonso National Ballet School, thanks to continuous invitations from its director and deputy director, Ramona de Sáa and Marta Iris Fernández, respectively.
I want to continue strengthening the company's relations with the school in favor of the same line of work and the identity of the Cuban dancer, said Valdés.
Last year, the BNC celebrated 70 years of being founded by Alicia, Fernando and Alberto Alonso, a trilogy of brilliant dancer, extraordinary master and original choreographer whose joint work flourished in the renowned Cuban ballet school.
I feel proud to belong to the BNC and, above all, privileged to have had great teachers, said this student of Alicia and Fernando Alonso, the so-called four jewels of Cuban ballet (Josefina Méndez, Loipa Araújo, Aurora Bosch and Mirta Plá) and many other masters who forged past and present glory.
Valdés, valued as one of the top figures in Cuban ballet today, has been a guest artist at the Washington Ballet of the United States; the Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico; the Joburg Ballet of South Africa; the Bolshoi and Mariinski of Russia, among other companies.
The Ministry of Culture of Cuba awarded her the Distinction for National Culture (1999), the Alejo Carpentier Medal (2003) and the Raúl Gómez García Medal (2014).
Valdés was chosen among the 100 best dancers in the world in the 2010-2011 season by the prestigious magazine Dance Europe, and has taken her art to stages on five continents, thanks to commitments with the BNC and numerous invitations to world star galas and international festivals.