Cuban Viengsay Valdes Granted Dance Award Lorna Burdsall

Cuban prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes today received the Dance Award Lorna Burdsall, the most prestigious honor granted by the performing arts section of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). The president of the cultural institution Miguel Barnet, gave the award to the prominent dancer in one of the halls of the National Ballet of Cuba.

Valdes is a product of the Cuban Ballet School and the National Ballet of Cuba, which she has represented and honored in all parts of the world, he said.

Additionally, the poet and ethnologist said the award also honored other young artists of the company and especially the prima ballerina assolutta Alicia Alonso because of her unique and remarkable teaching.

Meanwhile, Valdes considered it a reward for the effort, daily work, dedication and perseverance with which she assumes her profession.

The artist is regarded as one of the top figures of the Cuban ballet today. She will play the leading roles in the choreographies “Les Sylphides”, “Celeste” and “Carmen”, in the showes to be held on June 26, 27 and 28 at the National Theater.

As announced by the dancer, a video art made by the filmmaker Alejandro Perez, pianist Frank Fernandez and choreographer Tania Vergara to pay tribute to Alonso and with the special participation of the legendary teacher will be presented on July 3 at the Chaplin Cinema in Havana.

The young talented dancer has been invited to perform with the Ballet of Washington, in the United States; the Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico; the Joburg South African Ballet; the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, Russia; among other companies.

The Dance Award granted to Valdes honors the memory of Lorna Burdsall (1928-2010), a prominent US dancer and choreographer who lived in Cuba in the 1950s, winner here of the National Dance Award-2008 and the National Award for Arts Education.

Written by Cubarte, Radio Cubana

June 27, 2015

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