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Fernando AlonsoThe Father of Cuban Ballet$
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Toba Singer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044026

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044026.001.0001

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Batista’s Blackmail Bid

Batista’s Blackmail Bid

(p.73) 14 Batista’s Blackmail Bid
Fernando Alonso

Toba Singer

University Press of Florida

Cuba becomes first company in the Western Hemisphere to mount a 4-act Swan Lake at University Stadium sponsored by La Polar Brewery. Company’s farewell to Cuban stage. Protests mounted to Batista’s 1954 Second Biennial Hispano-American Art Exhibition. U.S. temporarily lifts anti-communist travel ban on Fernando so he can attend This is Your Life in Hollywood, where Alicia is surprise guest. Change name of company to Ballet de Cuba. Fidel Castro announces, “This year we free ourselves or become martyrs.” Batista proposes to co-opt ballet into his arts council. Ballet refuses in open letter signed by Alicia and is de-funded.

Keywords:   This is Your Life, Batista, Alicia Alonso, Ballet de Cuba, Fidel Castro, Zéndegui, Carlos Rafael Rodríguez

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