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La Gala única del festival que transforma a Miami en capital mundial del ballet

Photo: Cecilia Kerche
Written by: Orlando Taquechel
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Solo hay que aplicar el concepto “seis grados de separación” a uno de los artistas que se han presentado en las Galas de Estrellas del Festival Internacional de Ballet de Miami (IBFM por sus siglas en inglés) para descubrir que Pedro Pablo Peña, su incansable director fundador, es lo más cercano a Kevin Bacon que tiene Miami como ícono de interconectividad.

Peña ha invitado tantas celebridades de ballet al festival que tal y como existe desde hace mas de dos décadas un juego llamado “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” podemos hablar hoy en día de los “Seis Grados de Pedro Pablo Peña”, al asumir que ningún artista de ballet – bailarín o coreógrafo - está a más de seis relaciones de distancia de Peña, a través de las obras presentadas en el festival que tienen en común o de su propia participación en el evento.

Los resultados son asombrosos si jugamos utilizando el “Adagietto” de Oscar Araiz, el ballet contemporáneo más veces presentado en el festival, o el pas de deux “Don Quijote”, la selección más frecuentemente ubicada como colofón espectacular de sus Galas. Merece la pena intentarlo.

Los pas de deux de repertorio han sido siempre un componente importante en las Galas del IBFM pero los artistas invitados son el atractivo principal del evento que desde 1995 – ahora en su edición número 22 - transforma la Capital del Sol en capital mundial del ballet con funciones siempre atractivas que se complementan con actividades colaterales de todo tipo: presentación del póster oficial, exposiciones, películas, talleres y conversatorios con autores de libros sobre danza.

Antes de la llegada del Huracán Irma, el propio Peña nos comentó, “este año el proceso de preparación del Festival ha funcionado como un aceitado mecanismo de relojería, todas las partes se han ubicado sin dificultad en su lugar y hemos podido concretar una entrega de altísimo nivel, llena de sorpresas agradables y con tres Galas espléndidas.” Lamentablemente, los daños provocados por Irma redujeron las Galas a dos, una en Nueva York (donde el evento se presenta por primera vez) y otra en Miami.

En este contexto, el IBFM entregará una vez más el Premio Una Vida Por la Danza durante la Gran Gala Clásica de Estrellas de Miami, que este año será para la Primera Bailarina brasileña Cecilia Kerche.

Kerche tuvo una destacada actuación en la edición de 2008 y es ahora codirectora artística del Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, una compañía que participa por octava vez en el festival con Melissa Oliveira y Cicero Gomes, encargados de cerrar cada una de las Galas de este año, precisamente con el pas de deux “Don Quijote”.

Dar a conocer artistas sobresalientes de otras latitudes como Kerche, es uno de los mayores aportes del IBFM a la cultura de Miami. El público miamense cuenta ahora entre sus favoritos a los mexicanos Jaime Vargas y Laura Morelos, las españolas Tamara Rojo y María Giménez, sus compatriotas Sergio Bernal y Joaquín De Luz, los brasileños Thiago Soarez y Vitor Luiz, la japonesa Shoko Nakamura, el croata Ronald Savkovic, los argentinos Silvina Perillo y Hernán Piquín, el italiano Giuseppe Picone, la francesa Anaïs Chalendard, la canadiense Sonia Rodríguez, la puertoriqueña Laura Valentín, la chilena Natalia Berrios, el colombiano José Manuel Ghiso y los norteamericanos Rasta Thomas, Ashley Bouder, Joseph Phillips y Joseph Gatti. Definitivamente, otros nombres se agregaran este año a la lista.

La Gala única en Miami del sábado 30 de septiembre en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium contará con artistas del Ballet Nacional de España, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Compañía Nacional de Danza de México, Ljubljana National Opera Ballet de Eslovenia, Ballet Teatro AllaScala de Italia, Ballet Estable Teatro Colon (Argentina), Ballet de la Opera de Paris (Francia), Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Pennsylvania Ballet, New York City Ballet y el Boston Ballet.

Todos ellos llegarán al sur de la Florida el viernes 29 después de haber actuado la noche anterior en la Gala IBFM de Nueva York. Aquí se les sumarán Casey Herd del Dutch National Ballet, Dimensions Dance Theatre Miami (DDTM) y Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (ABTF). DDTM mostrará “Esferas” de Ariel Rose y ABTF presentará un breve dueto titulado “Vértigo” creado para la gran bailarina venezolana Mary Carmen Catoya que actuará por primera vez en el festival.

Con la trayectoria del evento y los grupos e intérpretes anunciados para este año, no hay duda alguna que la Gran Gala Clásica de Estrellas del XXII IBFM ofrecerá nuevamente momentos irrepetibles e inolvidables.

La Gran Gala Clásica de Estrellas del IBFM se presenta el sábado 30 de septiembre a las 8:00 p.m.en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium (boletos entre $35 y $52). Boletos a la venta en y


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