By MITCH FELAN, WKSU Cleveland, December 27, 2017
Cleveland ballet dancers will be bringing American culture to Cuba next year with a series of planned performances in Havana. Verb Ballets will be joining ProDanza, the troupe of Cuban dancer Laura Alonso, to form the Cleveland Havana Ballet.
Alonso visited Verb Ballets earlier this year as an artist in-residence.
Verb Ballets spokeswoman Jen Garlando says the upcoming trip and Alonso’s residence were inspired by a Cleveland cultural initiative.
“Verb Ballets as well as many other Cleveland-based organizations received Cuban artists to come bring Cuban culture to Cleveland, and then exchange what they learned back to Cuba.”
The combined group will perform a new ballet choreographed by Alonso’s son during their trip in March.