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International Dance Day on April 29

The message for International Dance Day 2024 comes from ballet dancer Marianela Núñez from Argentina. We would be delighted if you share the news!


Marianela Núñez:

"A memory is not enough to make history. And the history of a theatre, like that of each one, is also the history of others, of how an art like dance migrated and grew in different latitudes.

The walls of the Royal Ballet treasure photographs that narrate the journey, history calls for its protagonists and dance in Argentina shines with each of those names.

Often, institutions submerge themselves in silent anonymity, without faces or surnames, avoiding facing the echo of the past.

The organizations promoted and supported by ITI-UNESCO, such as the Argentine Dance Council, that frequently act as a wall that stops forgetfulness.

I am with you all in the commitment to rescue and revitalize the history of masters, artists and choreographers who have enriched the world of dance, deserving of being heard by future generations. Let us all know that we are not spectators, but inheritors of a tradition forged with art, dignity and sacrifice, nourishing our path with vocation and love for beauty. Although the future and the present capture our attention, without the solid foundation of the past, without the fertility of our land, the dance tree cannot flourish. The roots are tradition and at the same time... nutrients."


*Biography of Marianela Núñez

With initial training at the “Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón”, Marianela Núñez, born on March 23, 1982 in San Martin, Argentina, has flourished as a leading figure in the world of ballet. She entered London's Royal Ballet in 1997, where she rose through the ranks as a principal dancer. Her repertoire has led her to captivate global audiences with unforgettable performances in works such as "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Giselle."

Recognized with prestigious international awards such as the Benois de la Danse Award and the Laurence Olivier Award, and national awards such as the María Ruanova Award given by the Argentine Dance Council and in 2010 the Konex Award for the best dancer of the decade.



In 1982, the ITI Dance Committee launched International Dance Day, which is celebrated every year on April 29, the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the inventor of modern ballet. The message of International Dance Day aims to celebrate dance, to rejoice in the universality of this art form, to transcend all political, cultural and ethnic boundaries and to bring people together with a common language - dance.

You can find out more about International Dance Day and read the original message in Spanish on the website www.international-dance-day.org.



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