Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet: Dancing Eclecticism

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet: Dancing Eclecticism

Last modified: December 29, 2022

Looking for originality, founding something new to say in dance, have been the way that the needle of the artistic compass of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba  have marked since its beginnings. Of course, guarded always by something fundamental in life that permits to get results: talent and discipline, base of any success…

Another characteristic of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet: the combination of the classic Spanish, the flamenco and the fusion of Cuban rhythms, including the folklore, but in such a way that it is impossible to see the “seams” that joins them; and also the way to interpret them. Since the beginning, the group was original, or what is the same: distinct. Time has passed and she (Lizt), guarded by a consolidated and professional group, demonstrates in each performance that something fundamental in life exists to achieve superior objectives: the strength, the perseverance and the love born in the deep to guide every action to the best results. The conjugation of all these elements sculpts the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company.

Add folklore, ballet, dance, popular dancing, and of course Spanish dance. But it is important to highlight that they have not passed in their “pure” state; they have passed a creative treatment that does not distort the essential: the popular spirit. An eclecticism of the dance joined by something fundamental that amazesin this company:                      the technical level of its members.

The company already shows thirty years. Far away is that day of October, 1991 when, for the first time, the Lizt Alfonso Ballet appeared on stages (now Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet). It was a special performance: a little crack by means of what this monumental group was growing and has traced its Cuban marks through the world. Since that time they have visited Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Martinica, Puerto Rico, Spain, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Egypt, South Africa, Qatar, Bahrein, New Zealand, China…In all these places they have left a trail of emotion, happiness, force, and passion that marks the Cuban features, and this sum of rhythms, music and dance that reborn in the troops again and again with new airs.

Over the years, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet has shared scene with prestigious groups and personalities such as Cuba National Ballet, La Scala Theatre Ballet, the National Folk Group, the Buenavista Social Club, the Cuba Opera, the Spanish group Ojos de Brujo, the singer Omara Portuondo, the pianists Frank Fernández and Chucho Valdés and the dancer Carlos Acosta among others.

Some of the many titles that this company has offer to the public over these three decades of continuous work are ¡Viva la Fiesta! (1993), Al-Andalus: de gitanas y duende (1995), Sinceramente, FGL (1997), Elementos (2002), Alas (2006), Vida (2007), Amigas (2008), Cuba vibra (2015).

Toni Piñera
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Journalist for more than 30 years at the Granma newspaper, art and dance critic, professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, curator of Cuban art exhibitions (former director of the La Acacia gallery, Havana), poet.

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