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Cuban Ballet


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A blazing, sizzling book.--Siempre Mujer (11/01/2009)

Dance is all about balance, so there is a certain beauty in the fact that Octavio Roca's new book, Cuban Ballet, opens with forewords written by the founder of the Cuban National Ballet, Alicia Alonso, a supporter of Fidel Castro, and by Mikhail Baryshnikov, the most famous anti-communist Soviet defector in the world. The book is a labor of love. --David Adams"Hispanic-Poder Magazine" (11/01/2009)

Octavio Roca is a philosopher by training, journalist by accident and writer by birth. A tale well-told, by a man who wields words with impeccable authority. CUBAN BALLET is a tale well-told by a man who wields words with impeccable authority.--Hirania Luzardo"AOL Latino" (11/01/2009)

His erudition, good eye for detail and capacity for emotional response now are on display in his new book, Cuban Ballet. I can't imagine anyone giving a more knowledgeable, personal and candid appraisal and historical overview of the topic. --Renate Stendhal"Scene 4 Magazine" (11/01/2009)

Ballet critic and author Octavio Roca explores an astonishing cultural phenomenon. On the international scene, in the world of Ballet, eyes are turning to the Cuban-trained dancer. Octavio Roca's CUBAN BALLET unfolds this phenomenon through an intimate and historical perspective. The story is iconic in measure and packed with the stuff of classical Legend - zealous determination, courage and hope, sacrifice and survival. The book is an almost action/adventure - like none other - composed within the context of inevitable and fast-approaching change in Cuba's leadership. In his role as a critic, Mr. Roca has seen the glory performances of an amazing roster of internationally renowned Cuban ballet stars. He understands the depths and complexities of their noble commitment to Dance and rejoices in their personal, artistic, and cultural triumphs. His text is lyrical and linear; the arguments are rich and provoking. Fifty years of on-going defections by Alonso's pupils adds up to an amazing legacy, a unique historical quest for personal and artistic freedom. The dramatic elements include the loss of family, friends, and country, along with the cloak and dagger energies of escape, political asylum, institutional shunning and nationalistic memory-wipes by the Cuban regime.--Sean Martinfield"San Francisco Sentinel" (11/01/2009)

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