• Date: 26 and 27 May, 8 p.m.
  • Duration: 140 min
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

The glory and tragedy of the Beautiful Otero

She was the queen of the Belle Époque, muse of painters such as Renoir or Toulouse-Lautrec, seductress of kings, and once her glory days were over, died in poverty because the only love which she could not control was gambling. Carolina Otero, better known as the La Bella Otero, was born poor but beautiful. Resourcefulness and sensual dancing transformed her into the first Spaniard artist who was applauded internationally.

Now the National Ballet of Spain, under the direction of Rubén Olmo, dances the story, a mix of glory and drama, of how a woman whose origins were poverty and abuse found success. La Bella Otero looks at the other side of glory, the incapacity to love, solitude and ambition. An operatic ballet in large format, staring Patricia Guerrero (born in Granada) as the guest artist, with fantastic costumes to recreate the Paris of the "Belle Époque" where the Bella Otero reigned.

  • Direction and choreography: Rubén Olmo
  • Music: Manuel Busto, Alejandro Cruz, Rubén Díez, Agustín Diassera, Diego Losada, Víctor Márquez, Pau Vallet, Enrique Bermúdez
  • Dramaturgy: Gregor Acuña-Pohl
  • Lighting design: Juan Gómez-Cornejo
  • Set design: Eduardo Moreno
  • Costume design: Yaiza Pinillos
  • Conductor: Manuel Busto

Flamenco musicians of the Ballet Nacional de España
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla

Photo: ©María Alperi

  • Cast: Patricia Guerrero (artista invitada), Maribel Gallardo (maestra repetidora del BNE) y bailarines del BNE
  • Guest musicians: Alejandro Cruz, Agustín Diassera, David Chupete

Acerca de Rubén Olmo

Nacido en Sevilla, licenciado en Danza Española y Danza Clásica. Ha bailado en la Compañía de Javier Barón y Ballet Nacional de España y, en 2006 crea su propia compañía. Ganador de numerosos premios es, desde 2019, director del Ballet Nacional de España.