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Initely going to try to track down of her work to read this book is not a novelinfact it is a memoirits about a girl WHO IS FROM MEXICO ORIGINALLYSHE IS is from mexico originallyshe is to teach dance in Havana or then goes to new York city to be with Her Motherfrom There She Finds motherfrom there finds job to go to Havanacuba to teach musicshe accepts the offershe goes there and teaches danceit is about the revolution and about fidel castrothe story is all about the revolution In cubashe then thinks about commiting suicide for some reasonin the end she has an affair with some men and then she goes back to new York city to her mother I loved the writing style of the author captivated by her story She parses the history of Cuba and the revolution in appropriate places to bolster the narrative Exuisite storyMore than 3 decades ago I spent 6 months teaching modern dance in Cubavuelve come backMartha Graham brilliant temperamental most revered choreographerHer uest for a body I ve enjoyed Guillermoprieto s nonfiction reporting on Latin America in outlets like The New Yorker for many ears and was excited to discover this title So I was disappointed the book read like a coming of age memoir with a 21 Bird Habitats in Britain year old aspiring modern dancer s angst over self identity self esteem and political identity than as a snapshot of Cuba in 1970 There is some of that cultural color but it s tainted by the author s caveat that she recreated almost all of the recorded anecdotes and conversations from a handful of souvenirs and what little she remembers after over 30ears I would ve welcomed memories of her observations of Cuban life and her interactions with her dance students her artist friends and the other international visitors she met than with the gushing descriptions of Fidel Castro s charisma Ove I would give this a 35 Reading about and doing further research about the famous choreographers mentioned was fun and I enjoyed the author s honesty about her lack of knowledge about worldly topics There are nice descriptions of the areas events and people she knew Writing books obviously is a better pursuit for this author rather than dancing It doesn t seem like she had a lot to offer to the Cuban students She lived among some interesting people and presents that in an interesting not name dropping way. Ers on Latin America– resurrects a time when dancers and revolutionaries seemed to occupy the same historical stage and even a floor exercise could be a profoundly political act Exuberant and elegiac tender and unsparing Dancing with Cuba is a triumph of memory and feelin. .



Ions about arts and intellectuals in the reality of a revolution no matter how those people look upon the revolutionary process I am so ready now to return to some fiction Planning a photo journey to Cuba I chose in prep Alma Guillermoprieto S Extraordinary Memoir Dancing With Guillermoprieto s extraordinary memoir Dancing With at the recommendation of a friend A dance indeed Written in her native Spanish then artfully translated into a riveting narrative with uncanny authenticity Guillermoprieto depicts her life as a oung artist her passions and shortcomings as a budding student of Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp in New York her true to the Revolution challenges in teaching Modern Dance In Cuba To Students Under dance in Cuba to students under near impossible conditions restrictions and deprivations of their school Nuanced rich in its research recollection of dialogue and political context Dancing With Cuba is a dark self searching multi layered memoir a tale of love and loss et ultimately a love letter to Cuba both a pleasure and a challenge to read but so well worth the effort This is a beautifully written book It is also an interesting attempt by the author to potentially fictionalize memory I read this book while in Cuba and thoroughly enjoyed it I learned something about modern dance and revolutionary Cuba at the same time I really enjoyed this book It was given to my sister by her friend in Oakland I ve never read Alma Guillermoprieto before but apparently she s the Latin American correspondent for the New Yorker a publication I wish I had the to subscribe to even so now that all their fiction and poetry is subscription only A lot of this book hit close to home for me I loved Alma s الإيضاح لمتن ايساغوجي في المنطق younger self narrator her constant self critcism her dislike of her ignorance about politics and Latin American affairs her love for art her low self esteem her poor choices in men Even the section where she contemplates suicide is charming I guess I liked her narrator because she reminded me a lot of myself haha This to me isn t a good book just because it s a snapshot of a very specific time and place or because I learned a lot about Cuba while reading it More than anthing I liked this book because it powerfully captures the feeling of what it s like to beoung and confused and enad of art and completely lost in our life I am def. Of greatness Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval Guillermoprieto found in Cuba a people whose sense of purpose touched her forever In this electrifying memoir Guillermoprieto–now an award winning journalist and arguably one of our finest writ. Interestingly enough I found that my favorite parts of this book was when Alma was writing about Fidel and the Revolution I ve mostly read and heard about how awful it all was and how no one wanted it to happen but I saw a different perspective in this writing how charismatic fidel came in this writing How charismatic Fidel came to many and why they so easily followed him How the US embargo against Cuba affected the Cubans and what many felt about it I suggest ou read it to get a different point of view I really wanted to like this book But I found it a little plodding Worse it felt bizarrely self indulgent to me All the sanctimonious revolutionary fervor mixed with snark about others and self loathing was difficult to slog through The Music Hall book group met last night with some discussion of Dancing With Cuba by Alma Guillermoprieto but most of the meeting was a presentation and uestion answer session with two remarkable men sharing their experiences of Cuba I am sorry to say I remember Mr Labrie but not his great photographer partner where they have been traveling freuently to chase down and record great music as well as seek out amazing photograph opportunities It was fascinating and allowed us all to engage with the book which was somewhat disappointing Our moderator thought the author was whiny I wouldn t ualify her as that just a Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters young confused 19ear old who lived an unusual few months in Cuba and tried to present her memories of that along with other aspects of a difficult time in her life as she tried her best to figure out what was irresistibly attractive about the Revolution all while understanding that she couldn t completely buy into it Alma G wanted to be a dancer good enough to join one of the great companies of modern dance in NYC Much of the book including the entire long first chapter is terribly dense and tedious "Unless You Are Well Versed And Well Immersed In The " you are well versed and well immersed in the of dance However her reflections on these months in 1970 when she accepted a position to teach dance in the ENA in Cuba were worth the effort to read because of how much I gleaned about Cuba her history leading up to that Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) year the realities of the Soviet influence and the disasters wrought by embargoes that plunge entire populations into poverty There is a lot of food for thought in the discuss. In 1970 aoung dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance For six months she worked in mirrorless studios it was considered revolutionary; her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt.

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