2018 Calendar

Octavio Roca’s “Cuba’s Alicia—Alonso’s Giselle”

An evening of history and conversation

WednesdayMay 237:00 PM


Program Notes

Co-presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College

On the occasion of National Ballet of Cuba’s acclaimed production of Giselle that is coming to Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Octavio Roca’s “Cuba’s Alicia—Alonso’s Giselle” promises to be an informed and affectionate conversation about one of history’s loveliest surprises: How a French masterpiece based on a German poem, once best known through Russian interpretations, has been spectacularly recreated and defined by a Cuban ballerina.

Octavio Roca is the author of several books including Cuban Ballet, with forewords by Alicia Alonso and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has been music and dance critic for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College.


Skidmore College — Dance Theater
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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