Outing to see “La Bella Otero” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela

Outing to see “La Bella Otero” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela

Yesterday, some lucky members of the IE community enjoyed “La Bella Otero” by the Ballet Nacional de España in the beautiful Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

La Bella Otero” is a ballet about the Belle Époque artist who wanted to be like Carmen. This dramatic ballet, created and directed by Rubén Olmo and starring Patricia Guerrero as well as Maribel Gallardo, is a reflection on success and loneliness. A large-format show both in terms of the number of dancers and the elaborate costume design, it uses various types of dance from stylised folklore through flamenco to contemporary dance. It tells the intense life of one of the most famous and influential dancers of the late 19th century, Carolina Otero. A world-famous Spanish artist, her name is known all over the world but her story is unknown to many.

For this new creation, the Spanish National Ballet has had an exceptional technical team. Gregor Acuña-Pohl, a regular collaborator of the choreographer Johan Inger, oversaw the dramaturgy and selected the most representative moments of Otero’s life that could be expressed through dance.