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Russian ballet in Panama. The Russian National Ballet presents “Swan Lake”, one of the most iconic ballets of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, directed by the famous Russian dancer and choreographer, Viatcheslav Gordeev on Wednesday, June 22 at the Anayansi Theater of the Atlapa Convention Center. More than 25 dancers will bring to life the tragic story of Princess Odette, the white swan, her curse and love for Prince Siegfried. Tickets cost between $25 and $200 and are for sale panatickets.com.
Of great interest to Panamanians is the fact that the Panamanian dancer, Diego Calderón, a graduate from the celebrated Bolshoi Ballet Academy forms part of the choir of dancers. This talented young man, who is only 21 years old, is the only Panamanian in the company, where only the most gifted artistes have a place.
Calderon is an anomaly, because he began to study ballet when he was 14, which is considered late, bearing in mind that the majority of dancers start their training at an early age It is remarkable that in such a short time he managed to acquire techniques that usually take years to master.
His talent became apparent to the Bolshoi professors when he went to New York for six weeks, to take part in a Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive course, which took place at the renowned Juilliard School. There were 60 male dancers competing for a spot and he was the winner.
After going through three years of grueling training he became the first Panamanian to graduate from the Bolshoi School in 2015. He was offered a place in the Russian National Ballet troupe and for the last few months, Calderon has been touring with them, presenting classical ballets such as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”.
Ballet in Panama has come a long way, thanks to dedicated dancers such as Brenda Arias, Armando Villamil, Dora McKay, Julio Arauz, Gloria Barrios and, of course, the British prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn who made her home in Panama.
Today, ballet in Panama can be enjoyed not only by those who can afford to buy a ticket, but by the general public who can watch this beautiful form of art when the Panama National Ballet gives performances all over the country.
Calderon can be seen as part of the “Swan Lake” cast. For more information visit www.7Panama.com.