Joffrey Ballet in Cuba?
December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
In efforts to forge stronger cultural diplomacy ties, the Joffrey Ballet may be the latest U.S. institution to visit Cuba. An official at the Havana International Ballet Festival commented that he "hoped to have the Joffrey Ballet appear as part of the Festival’s 2012 season." Earlier this month, the American Ballet Theater and main dancers from the New York City Ballet performed at the Havana event. Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, said in regards to the Cuban trip: "I haven’t brought it up officially with the Joffrey board yet. But it certainly would be a great honor for the Joffrey, and for Chicago, to be part of such a project." She said: "As it happens, one of our dancers, Miguel Angel Blanco [who was born in Havana and formerly danced with Alicia Alonso’s Ballet Nacional de Cuba], can go back and visit there now. So things are definitely moving and changing, and it would be a terrific opportunity to be part of that festival.” In my opinion, I believe that this artistic collaboration will not just help forge stronger cultural ties, but will also give dancers from both countries the opportunity to learn and enhance their craft.