Verb Ballets lands in Cuba

By March 6, 2018 Cuba, News

Verb Ballets lands in Cuba, begins launch of Cleveland Havana Ballet

"I still can't believe it's really happening,"
said Verb dancer Kate Webb, at a rehearsal last week. "It means we're a part of history, something bigger than ourselves."

Kate WebbVerb dancer

Photo Bill Naiman

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A project bringing together dancers from Cleveland and Cuba is now actively in motion.

On Saturday, members of Cleveland’s Verb Ballets departed for Havana, where they will spend time soaking up the culture and performing with Cuba’s ProDanza under the name Cleveland Havana Ballet.

“I still can’t believe it’s really happening,” said Verb dancer Kate Webb, at a rehearsal last week. “It means we’re a part of history, something bigger than ourselves.”

The centerpiece of the collaboration, announced in December, is “Yarini,” a new ballet by Ivan Alonso, grandson of Alicia Alonso, founder of the world-renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

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