Santiago Ballet

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Chilean ballet company founded by Vadim Sulima and Nina Gritsova, and originating in the ballet school founded in 1949. In 1960 both school and company were reorganized by Ottavio Cintolesi to focus on a more contemporary repertory and renamed, temporarily, Ballet Arte Moderno. After a decade its creativity stagnated and Ivan Nagy was brought in to reform the company as a classical troupe, under its present name. Under Nagy's direction (1982–9) its standards were raised to a high international level and its repertory balanced between classical ballets and new works by Chilean choreographers such as Hilda Riveros. Nagy additionally brought in guest dancers and choreographers, including Bocca, Stevenson, and Hynde, and the company made its North American debut in 1986. Between 1989 and 1993 the company lost some momentum but the arrival of Marcia Haydée had a galvanizing effect. Setting up an exchange policy between Santiago and Stuttgart (where she was also director), dancers and repertory were moved between the two companies, with Santiago gaining ballets by MacMillan, Béjart, and Cranko. In 1995 Nagy returned as artistic director of the company, to be succeeded yet again by Haydée who has subsequently overseen a further expansion of the repertory, including a version of Carmen by herself and Ismael Ivo. See also Chile.

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