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Peralada Celebrates “Women, Art And Life” In A Gala Full Of Stars

“Peralada was born for dance”. The artistic director of the Castell Peralada Festival, Oriol Aguilà , made it clear from the outset during the presentation this Thursday of ‘Ballet under the stars’ that can be seen this Friday, and it is not an empty speech. Over the years, names such as Rudolf Nureyev, Alicia Alonso, Maya Plisetskaya, Sylvie Guillem, Roberto Bolle and Ángel Corella have passed through this summer scene surrounded by nature.

Behind this program there was a woman, Carmen Mateu, which managed to give a presence – uncommon in our country – to the highest quality dance. The gala that will bring together some of the most outstanding artists of the moment, belonging to diverse generations and horizons, is dedicated to her.

“We did not want to make a series of pieces but to show how they pass the baton to each other in a night of celebration of women, art and the life that we decided to dedicate to Carmen Mateu”, said Monica Hamill, co-director of the Gala together with Iratxe Ansa.

From the purest classic to two premieres of the most rabid contemporary, the gala includes eleven pieces in a show that will be recorded by TVE, so that it can reach a wider audience. The covid measures have caused the seats to be reduced and the tickets have been more than sold out for days.

And it is not surprising because international artists who are in the spotlight will participate, such as the first recipient of the First Carmen Mateu Young Artist Award. It is about the Russian Maria Khoreva21 years old, a soloist with the Mariinsky Ballet since 2018, who had little need of the award since she is more than on the road to stardom, hyper-present on social networks (509,000 followers on Instagram).

“It is wonderful to be able to travel after the pandemic and, as the Greek philosopher Agustín Aurelios said, the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page,” he declared yesterday. Khoreva will be in charge of the most “tutu” part of the night, with three ‘pas-de-deux’ that concentrate the purity of Russian ballet: ‘Giselle’, ‘Raymonda’ and ‘La Bayadère’.

“In Giselle and La Bayadère I play two dead women and they are pieces with a very deep meaning,” says Khoreva, who also highlighted the importance of the connection with the ‘partner’. In this case it is his usual one at the Mariinsky, Xander Parish, who has already danced in Peralada.

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The appointment is also the opportunity to see Spanish dancers who work in companies around the world , such as Ada González , from the Bucharest Opera, or Dores André, from the San Francisco Ballet, and Jorge García Pérez, from the Basel Ballet, without forgetting the always spectacular and well-known in Peralada Lucía Lacarra, who will dance with the hypnotic Mathew Golding ‘Finding light and’ After the rain ‘.

The program also includes the premiere of ‘Camelia’, choreographed by Ansa and Igor Bacovich and performed by Dores André and Jorge García Pérez. “It has arisen in a very natural way and with little time, and it deals with the man-woman or flower-man relationship … and it is very physical,” Ansa advanced yesterday.

The Gipuzkoan dancer, who stepped on Peralada at the age of 20 alongside Nacho Duato, will perform with Igor Bacovich Seda, accompanied by the voice of María Berasarte and Pepe Rivero at the piano, in the song Tú, mi delirio, by César Portillo de la Luz.

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