According to the publication, the book, signed by photographer Jorge Valiente and the journalist Sahily Tabares, will be launched on January 18 at the headquarters of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
The book’s prologue was written by writer and essayist Rafael Acosta, who highlighted the capacity of the material to weave two cultural and creative perspectives in harmonious articulation: the visuality of the images and their interpretation.
Acosta recalled the occasion when Valiente photographed Alicia Alonso “during an extraordinary performance for Cuban soldiers near the US Naval Base in Guantanamo, when the artist danced on a military truck.”
Likewise, he praised the work of Tabares, who was in charge of establishing “an intense dialogue, both with the interested readers and the ballet-lovers.”
The founder and main exponent of the National Ballet of Cuba, placed the company among the most prestigious in the world, while she created the Cuban School of Ballet from where prominent figures who took their teachings to nearly 70 countries around the world emerged.