Photo: Alicia Alonso National Cuban Ballet
The Teatro de Rojas in Toledo, a city in central Spain, granted Tuesday the Special Prize in the 22nd edition of its awards to Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba.
The Toledo theater chose to honor Alonso as one of the most consequential personalities in the history of dance and one of the leading figures of international classical ballet.
Alicia Alonso, born in Havana and a professional dancer since 1938, has been awarded, among other prizes, the Fine Arts Gold Medal of Merit from Spain’s king and queen.
In honoring her, the Teatro de Rojas recalled her lifelong dedication to the stage and the way she has served as inspiration and guide in training several generations of Cuban ballet dancers, with a unique style that has won a distinguished place in international ballet.
Alicia Alonso will be in Toledo on Sept. 27 to receive the Special Prize, according to the organizers.
These prizes are awarded by regular theater-goers at the Teatro de Rojas, close to 2,000 of them, who receive in their homes the theater’s programming and who have given these prizes a great significance in the world of Spanish theater.