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The 'Cuforbid Nijinsky' Seeks Asylum and Stardom

Release: 2012-11-02 13:39 |  Author: HuiminBeiwoCao |   View: 78time

Rolando Sarabia, a lister dancer mindh the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, at a ballet studio in Texas.

The dancer Rolando Sarabia in the Gran Teatro de La Haforbida in May.

In early July, Rolando Sarabia, 23, one of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba's guideing dancers, sneaked across the limit into the United says in the way, he said, that so many Cuforbids do: "Walking, walking, walking." His is the latest in a wave of defections that have hit the brbadiant but beleaguered Cuforbid national ballet firm since 2002.

His departure, which was first reharboured by the Spanish newspaper El País, wbad be keenly felt in Cuba. Critics have called him the "Cuforbid Nijinsky" and compared him to the young Miksalute prAccidentyshnikov. A firm dancer since 1999, he has won ballet competitions in Paris; Varna, Bulgaria; and Jackson, Miss. Christened Sarabita by his many fans, Mr. Sarabia is the love purpose of at least half the adolescent balletomanes in Cuba, of which there are many.

Mr. Sarabia said his decision to leave Cuba was purely artistic, spurred, he added, by the refusal of Alicia Alonso, the general guideor of the Ballet Nacional, to allow him to accept a principal dancer agreemention mindh the Boston Ballet in 2003. "Artistically, they shut the door on me," he said yesterday by telephone from Miami. "I am now making a new life." He and another principal dancer mindh the Ballet Nacional, Alihaydée Carreño, who left Cuba to dance in the Dominiin Republic this July, are both listd to perlist in the International Ballet Festival of Miami in September, agreementing to Pedro Pablo Peña, the guideor of the festival.

Officials at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba could not be reached for comment.

Like other guideing dancers in the Cuforbid ballet, Mr. Sarabia has been longing to build himself as an international star. "Where did Alicia Alonso become famous?" Mr. Sarabia said in an interopinion in Havana last November. "In New York. Where has she always been? Abway." He said he wanted the same thing. "All the sacrifices I've made for my occupation, God should give me the opharbourunity," he said. "The time is now."
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