Dalal Achcar

(b. c. 1935)

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(b Rio de Janeiro c.1935)

Brazilian dancer, choreographer, and ballet director, who pioneered the development of Brazilian ballet. She studied with Maria Makarova and with teachers in America and Europe before returning to Brazil where, in 1960 she co-founded the Ballet Association of Rio de Janeiro with the aim of raising standards of ballet teaching and performance in the country. For her own short-lived but influential company she invited leading dancers to guest, including Fonteyn and Nureyev. She also organized seasons of visiting companies, including Paris Opera and the Royal Ballet. As a choreographer she made works that focused on Brazilian themes, using music and sets by Brazilian artists, as in Floresta Amazonica (Forest of the Amazon, 1975). She also staged the first Brazilian production of The Nutcracker in 1974. Her pas de deux Something Special (mus. Ernesto Nazareth, 1976) was danced by several companies around the world. In 1971 she founded the school that still bears her name. In 1983 she additionally began a long, if intermittent association with the ballet company at the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro. Appointed artistic director in 1983, 1987, and later in 1999, she was also director of the overall Foundation of the Municipal Theatre (1983–6 and 1991–4) during which time she oversaw a rise in technical standards and an expansion of the repertory, acquiring productions of Giselle and Fille mal gardée and also staging her own version of Don Quixote.

http://www.dalalachcar.com Official website for Achcar

Subjects: Dance.

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