The 2021 National Dance Awards honor the dancers Sol León and Patricia Guerrero

La bailaora Patricia Guerrero
The bailaora Patricia Guerrero

The dancers Sol León and Patricia Guerrero have been awarded this Wednesday with the National Dance Awards 2021. León has obtained the award in the creation modality, while Guerrero in the interpretation modality. The jury has stated that the awarding of the award to León is the result of “her brilliant career as a creator, constant work that she has developed in a special way at the Nederlands Dans Theater company, for which she has signed more than forty choreographies.” recognize “the originality of their proposals” and their commitment to “innovation in contemporary languages”.

On the other hand, The jury has granted the award to Guerrero for “the personality and strength of his art, for having known how to incorporate new forms and aesthetics into his dance from the most traditional flamenco, as evidenced in his latest shows, especially in his recent performance by La Bella Otero , with the Spanish National Ballet. ”

Sol León from Cordoba studied at the National Ballet school in Madrid, entered 1987 in the Dutch company Nederlands D ans Theater, where he began one of the most prolific trajectories of choreographic creation within this group. For this company he has created more than forty works, such as The Bard of Avon (1989), Seconds (1992), Subject to Change (2003), Silent Screen (2005) and Skipping over damaged area (2011). His choreographies have received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Benois de la Danse in 2005, for his piece Signing Off (2003). Currently León is a resident choreographer and artistic advisor to Nederlands Dans Theater.

The Granada-born Patricia Guerrero began her training with only three years in the academy run by her mother, María del Carmen Guerrero, and with eight she danced for the first time at the Peña La Platería. At the age of fifteen he joined, he won the Ciudad de Ubrique Flamenco Art Contest and at seventeen he won the El Desplante award at the International Festival of Cante de las Minas (La Unión). While still young, he performed at various international festivals, such as the Jerez Festival, the Dusseldorf Festival, the Granada International Music and Dance Festival. She became the principal dancer of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet under the direction of Rubén Olmo. He collaborated with Arcángel in his shows Odor a tierra and The comings and goings , for which she is awarded the Giraldillo for Revelation Artist at the Seville Biennial 2012. In 2016 presented Portico and won the Giraldillo for Best Show at the XIX Seville Biennial, as well as two nominations for the Max Awards 2017. Last June, she starred as a guest artist of the National Ballet of Spain, La Bella Otero , a choreography by Rubén Olmo.

These awards, which are endowed with 30. 000 euros each, are awarded annually by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

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