Lifetime Achievement Spotlight
Master-Artist-In-Residence for the Visual & Performing Arts Department
Santa Fe Community College
Alonso brings to class with him the knowledge of a lifetime of dance.
Mr. Alonso is one of the most distinguished ballet personalities in
the world and co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba with Alicia
and Fernando Alonso. He is also the only non-Russian to ever be invited
to choreograph for the Bolshoi Ballet. Maestro Alonso is currently Master
Artist in Residence at Santa Fe Community College, and is the subject
of the documentary, Dancing In Freedom's Shoes: The Alberto Alonso
Story, to be released in 2006.
Mr. Alonso began his career dancing with the
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, traveling throughout Europe, the United
States, and Australia working with such prominent figures as Michel
Fokine, George Balanchine, Leonide Massine, Sir Anton Dolin, and Jerome
Robbins. With Ballet Russe he danced principal roles in Prince Igor,
Le Coq d'Or, Prodigal Son, and Petrouchka to name
a few. In the late '40's, Mr. Alonso danced with the American Ballet
Theatre, working with dance personalities such as Anthony Tudor and
Jerome Robbins. During this time, Mr. Alonso was under contract with
MGM in Hollywood, appearing in Fred Astaire's film Yolanda and the
Mr. Alonso has been credited as the creator
of what is now known as the "Cuban" style of ballet. Internationally,
Mr. Alonso is most noted for his famous ballet Carmen, which
he choreographed for Maya Plisetskaya of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
In addition, Mr. Alonso has choreographed for many major dance companies
in Europe and Asia. His most recent choreographic contributions to the
Dance Theatre of Santa Fe have been Quotations, Romeo and
Juliet, Macbeth, Medea, Concerto, Nepenthe,
Legend in my Living Room, American Heritage and many other
From 2001-2004, Mr. Alonso and his wife Sonia
Calero-Alonso served as master instructors for the Santa Fe Summer Dance
Institute. Mr. Alonso recently returned from Japan where he staged Son,
Son de mi Son for the Tokyo Ballet and since the spring of 2000,
he has restaged his legendary ballet Carmen on the Argentinean
ballet company Estable of the Colon Theatre, the Indianapolis Ballet
Theatre and the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. Mr. Alonso has been with
the faculty at Santa Fe Community College since 1993, where he serves
as the prestigious Master Artist in Residence and the resident choreographer
for the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe, the performing company of the Dance
Department of Santa Fe Community College.
In November of this year, Mr. Alonso and his
wife Sonia will travel to Russia where they will re-stage his masterpiece,
Carmen, once more at the Bolshoi Theatre. The performance will
commemorate the re-opening of the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre, the
80th birthday of prima ballerina , Maya Plisetskaya and the return of
Alberto to the Bolshoi Theatre with his legendary ballet Carmen.
The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, first presented "Carmen Suite"
the ballet, choreographed by Alberto Alonso, in 1967, with Maya Plisetskaya
in the leading role. The American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan
Opera House New York first presented it in the United States, in 1975.
A mere 86 years old, Alberto represents the
best of the teaching artist who ensures that art transcends the limits
of national boundaries and individual lives. His life and work are conspicuously
worthy of special recognition. Dancing In Freedom's Shoes premieres
in Gainesville, Florida at the Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
April 19, 2006.
--Leslie Lambert, Professor of Art History,
Director, Santa Fe Galleries --
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