Permanent Ballet Company

 

Teatro Colón's Permanent Ballet company was born from the 19th century need in Buenos Aires for national artists to quench the thirst for ballet awakened by countless foreign companies that had performed in the city. The company made its debut in 1925. During the second visit of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1917, Nijinski himself encouraged its creation to Cirilo Grassi Díaz, one of the people behind the project along with Carlos López Buchardo. The Permanent Ballet of the Teatro Colón was influenced from the start by modern ballet, represented by Mijail Fokin and his group, and so the first artistic director of the company was Adolf Bolm, trained in the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and member of Ballets Russes. He choreographed the first dance of the Permanent Ballet's debut: Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel.
In this earlier stage, the original generation of legendary prima ballerinas was formed: Dora del Grande, Blanca Zirmaya, Lida Martinoli, María Ruanova and Leticia de la Vega, who stirred the passion of the audience. Distinguished international directors such as Bolm, Margarita Wallmann, Tamara Grigorieva, Bronislava Nijinska, Boris Romanoff and María Ruanova have also been responsible for the wonderful task of guiding the steps of the cast.
From the start, all the greatest choreographers in the world have worked with the Colón's Ballet, displaying their own work or creating new ballets for our dancers, from Fokin and Nijinska, George Balanchine, Leonide Massine, Antonia Mercé, Tatiana Gsovsky, William Dollar, Serge Lifar, Anthony Tudor, to the most recent Jack Carter, Rudolf Nureyev, Pierre Lacotte and Natalia Makarova.
Countless artists have arisen from the company, to later pursue international careers: Olga Ferri, Esmeralda Agoglia, Antonio Truyol, Enrique Lommi, Vasil Tupin, Adela Adamova, Irina Borowska, Mercedes Serrano, Violeta Janeiro, José Zartmann, and today Paloma Herrera, Maximiliano Guerra, Julio Bocca, Iñaki Urlezaga, Marianela Nuñez, Herman Cornejo, Luis Ortigoza,and many others. Between those generations, there was the bitter blow to the company in 1971, when nine of its dancers lost their lives in an airplane crash, among them the unforgettable José Neglia, the "Niño brujo", winner of the Nijinski award in 1962, and his dance partner with a great personality Norma Fontenla. That void prompted the quick emergence of the new generation, who overcame the challenge and succeeded, evolving into the present brilliant generation of dancers. 

 

Artistic Director
Mtra. Paloma Herrera

Ballet Masters
Vagran Ambartsoumian
Néstor Asaff
Martin Miranda

Guest Ballet Masters
Philip Beamish
Aurora Bosch

Emeritus dancers
Julio Bocca
Maximiliano Guerra

Principal
Karina Olmedo

Soloist dancers
Cecilia Mengelle
Silvina Perillo
Omar Urraspuro

Female dancers

Adriana Alventosa   Marisol López Prieto
Luciana Barrirero   Cecilia Lucero
Myriam Barroso   María Rosa Magán
Laura Beccaceci   María Laura Matienzo
Natacha Bernabei   Norma Molina
Camila Bocca   Nadia Muzyca
Luana Brunetti Mattion   Natalia Pelayo
Eleonora Cassano   Emilia Peredo Aguirre
Paula Cassano   Amalia Pérez Alzueta
Viviana Cochella   Claudia Pereyra
Magdalena Cortes   Luisina Rodríguez
Mariana Crespo   Candela Rodríguez Echenique
Miriam Coelho   Manuela Rodríguez Echenique
Constanza Colombo   Angélica Rossetti
Patricia Demarchi   Daiana Ruiz
Maricel De Mitri   Ayelén Sánchez
Marta Desperés   Silvina Sánchez
Analía Domizzi   Natalia Saraceno
María Laura Domingo   Noemí Szleszynski
Iara Fassi   Silvina Vaccarelli
Macarena Gimenez   Carla Vincelli
Georgina Giovanonni   Victoria Wolf
Silvia Grün   Ludmila Galaverna *
Larisa Hominal   Oana Hutusoru *
Stephanie Kessel   Clara Sisti Ripoll *

 

Male dancers

Emanuel Abruzzo   Igor Gopkalo
Ricardo Ale   Sergio Hochbaum
Vagram Ambartsoumian   Maximiliano Iglesias
Marcelo Antelo   Juan Pablo Ledo
Luis Alberto Arcajo   Adrián López
Néstor Asaff   Antonio Luppi
Dalmiro Astesiano   Facundo Luqui
Alejo Cano Maldonado   Williams Malpezzi
Tomas Carrillo   Franco Noriega
Marcelo Contreras   Alejandro Parente
Maximiliano Cuadra   Nahuel Prozzi
Rodrigo Cuadra   Leonardo Reale
Guido De Benedetti   Matías Santos
Matías De Santis   Leandro Tolosa
DaríoEstanga   Edgardo Trabalón
Emiliano Falcone   Igor Vallone
Federico Fernández   Martin Vedia
Martín Foronda   Jiva Velázquez
Julián Galván   Gerardo Wyss
Lucas Garcilazo de la Vega   Roberto Zarza

* Hired

Resident Professors of Choreographic Repertoire
Sebastián Achenbach
Fernando Di Palma
Darío Mármol
Fabián Máximo
Joaquín Panisse
Mauro Luna

Maestro for classes
Sergio D’Ambrosio

Maestro for classes and lights
Ignacio Padilla

International Relationships Manager
Dolores Gallichio

Coordinator
Silvana Croce

Assistant Coordinator
Patricia Motos

Assistant Artistic Director
Marina Mora

Kinesiologist
Lila Arnaudo
Federico Roldan