Cuban Top Dancer Jose Manuel Carreņo to Retire from the American Ballet Theatre

2010.10.26 - 15:58:28 /

Havana, Cuba.- Principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba and of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Jose Manuel Carreño announced he will retire from the American company on June 30, 2011.

Carreño said he will continue his dancing career and hopes to do some choreography and to create a work of his own.

The artist, who joined the ABT 15 years ago, said it is a great opportunity to be in Cuba with the US company for the first time to participate in the 22nd International Ballet Festival of Havana, scheduled for October 28 to November 7.

“The Cuban people are connoisseurs and a very emotional audience, something all artists appreciate and that’s why I told the ABT that I want to do something different now and dance in pieces that have never been seen here before”, he said.

Carreño added that after he finishes his contract with the American company he would like to perform in a piece by Eduardo Veitía, principal dancer, choreographer, professor, artistic and general director of the Spanish Ballet Company of Cuba.

He also plans to accept an invitation from the director of the Ballet of Uruguay, Julio Bocca, to dance in Swan Lake and later re-orient his career to the training of new generations of dancers.


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