Cuban ballet dancer, choreographer and founder of the Cuban National Ballet, Alicia Alonso riveted audiences as the leading lady in several classical and Romantic ballets, particularly known for her portrayals of Giselle and Carmen.
This is all the more notable considering that Alonso was diagnosed with a detached retina at the age of 20. Although she underwent three surgical procedures to repair the problem, it was concluded that she would never have peripheral vision and would suffer from partial blindness in one eye.
After her final surgery, she was ordered to lie in bed motionless for an entire year. Her husband, Fernando Alonso, would sit with her on a daily basis, and they’d use their fingers to learn each movement for the great dancing roles in classical ballet. She later recalled that it was there - “blinded, motionless, flat on her back” - that she taught herself the role of Giselle.
Without her peripheral vision, Alonso had to train her dancing partners to be exactly where she needed them, when she needed them. She worked with set designers to install different-colored spotlights to guide her movement, overcoming her handicap to receive rave reviews.
*someone brings up anything related to italy, Germany, school, ballet, dogs, blindness, witches, youth, rain, architecture, girls, razor wire, flowers, bugs, cooks, kids, goblins, the very concept of color*
me: that reminds me of Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
Meet Alessa. A blind ballet dancer, painter, and my newest inspiration project. She is so very new, but I already have so many ideas for her character and things I want to write. Her tumblr is extremely bare, but it can be found here. I plan on adding a ton of stuff to it over the next week, and hope to flesh out her character a bit more in the process, which I’m super excited about ^-^
Wiltern Theatre is a 12-story, 155-foot (47 m) Art Deco landmark at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
The entire complex is commonly referred to as the Wiltern Center. Clad in a blue-green glazed architectural terra-cotta tile and situated on a diagonal to the street corner, the complex is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States.
In the late 1920’s the intersection of Wilshire and Western was the busies intersection in the United States.
The building opened in 1931 and was closed after one year of operation. Leased by Warner Bros it was originally know as the Warner Bros Western Theater.
The Los Angeles Concervancy, a group dedicated to conserving and protection historical buildings and neighborhoods in Los Angeles started around 1970. In fact, the society had been started just one year earlier in response to plans for the demolition of the Los Angeles library. They saved this building and was considered their first victory.
Tom Petty’s first live album was performed here in November, 1985.
Prince performed here on May 30, 1986.
Santana performed here on October 2, 1986.
Jerry Garcia performed here many times around 1985.
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver have all performed under the Wiltern’s retro-cool chandelier.
Rickie Lee Jones, Florence + the Machine, Jonsi and David Crosby are among the headliners who’ve put out Live at the Wiltern albums or films.
Beck was featured on opening night in 1995 and continued to play at the venue for years. Also: The Black Crows, Joe Walsh, Third Eye Blind, Spandau Ballet, Pavement, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, The Killers, The Shins, Weezer, Imagine Dragons and Foster the People to name a few.