Havana, Sep 22 – Cuban dancer, choreographer and director, Irene Rodriguez, said she feels honored because the Spanish embassy in her country told her that she will be awarded with the Collar Grand Cross Grade of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.
I have devoted my life to keep alive and raise the Spanish culture, not only in Cuba but also in the major stages of the world, and I have been directing the Festival ‘La Huella de España’ (Spanih Influence) for six years in my country, the dancer told Prensa Latina.
The award highlights ‘special civil behaviors, carried out by Spanish and foreign people, that benefit the nation or contribute to favor the relations of friendship and cooperation of the Spanish nation with the rest of the international community.’
The distinction established by King Fernando VII in 1815 was conferred one year ago to Havana City Historian, Eusebio Leal.
The Irene Rodriguez Company successfully performed at the festival Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World, which took place in May at John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the United States.
Rodriguez said she will perform with her company on November 10-11 at the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro in Havana, and has invitations to return to the United States in 2019 to dance at the Joyce Theater in New York and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the most prestigious dance festival in that country.(Prensa Latina)