Octavio Roca @ Books & Books

November 12, 2010 
8:00 pm

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Fl 33134

The unique style of Cuban ballet is galvanizing the world of dance in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and beyond. Cuban Ballet (Gibbs Smith, $40) by Octavio Roca explores the history of Cuban ballet by focusing on the life and career of the indomitable Alicia Alonso. It also spotlights many of the young dancers who are changing the face of ballet with their superb technique, impeccable work ethic, and spectacular performances: Lorena Feijoo, Lorna Feijoo, Joan Boada, Taras Domitro, Jose Manuel Carreo, Rolando Sarabia, and Carlos Acosta to name but a few. While focusing on the artistry and spirit of Cuban dancers, both within and out of Cuba, Roca deftly explores the political realities artists face in Cuba and why so many need to leave their beloved home to reach their full potential, taking their grace, beauty, strength, and style with them. Cuba's loss has become the world's gain. 

Photo Source: San Francisco Sentinel


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