Alma Guillermoprieto (CBA ’17), a Mexican writer and reporter, danced from an early age in Mexico and in New York.
Her fellowship project at The Center for Ballet and the Arts is a memoir of those years—of Art with a capital A, the glamour of 1960s bohemian Mexico, a painful adolescence, and the dance that pulled her forward, so often against her will.
During this public seminar, Guillermoprieto explored the relationship between memory and dance.
If you could not attend in person, we hope you will enjoy reading the script of her talk.
Alma Guillermoprieto became a journalist in the late 1970s, writing about the Central American civil wars. Since then she has written extensively about Latin America, principally for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and National Geographic. She is the author of Dancing with Cuba, a memoir about her time as a dancer, and Samba, about the central role of carnival in the favela of Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro. Guillermoprieto is a MacArthur fellow and a founder of the New Journalism Foundation created by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena, Colombia. Most recently, she was the recipient of Spain’s Ortega y Gasset lifetime achievement award.