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For the first time ever, the Dominican National Ballet performed at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater this past Saturday December 15th 2012. “The Colors of the Dance” ballet was a fusion of color and movement – a grand spectacle of dance!
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of how they transmit their passion. Passion – is the word that clearly describes the dancers that performed in the “The Colors of the Dance” ballet. Their body and facial expressions engaged the audience through every scene. The experience was a true Dominican one, not only culturally but musically too. Having recently completed a successful season at the Teatro de Bellas Artes in SantoDomingo, “The Colors of the Dance”, directed by Prof. Marinella, premiered right here in Casa de Campo – and was admired and enjoyed by the more than 1,000 spectators.
The antiquated yet majestic amphitheatre (which earlier this year celebrated its 30th birthday) was illuminated by a beautiful backdrop that added an extra flare of color to the stage. Throughout the show this unique backdrop was in continuous motion, displaying the work of Dominican plastic artists: Jose Miura, Elsa Núñez, Fernando Ureña Rib, Aquiles Azar, and Amaya Salazar, and led by Carlos Veitía, Isadora Bruno and Elizabeth Crooke was beautifully synchronised with the choreographies of the dancers.
The crowd cheered with every scene and with every new performance while the narrator slowly transported us from one from one scene to another. The themes of the show included: the lonely woman in search of her true love, three women fighting over a man for unrelinquished love, the couple’s drama and to finish off on a high note, the classic Dominican “Merengue” – undoubtedly the crowds favorite piece!
The performance could not have been complete without the closing words of Mr. Daniel Hernandez, General Manager of Casa de Campo Resort, who thanked the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture for putting together such a special event – who in turn took to the stage to thank the dancers personally. Hernandez also thanked Maestro Dante Cucurullo (also in attendance) who led the Juan Pablo Duarte Orchestra on Saturday December the 8th at the Inauguration of Chritsmas on the Altos de Chavón plaza.
The show closed with a well deserved standing ovation….
And the festivities continue! Over the next few weeks we have even more activities and events to look forward to – in Altos de Chavón as well as across the entire Casa de Campo resort. Please visit: www.todo.fm for the most up-to-date calendar of events.