2023 Ballet Nacional de España II
The Generalife Theatre
Saturday 24 June 22:30 Dance



Ballet Nacional de España

Rubén Olmo, director

Patricia Guerrero, guest artist

Maribel Gallardo, special collaboration




La Bella Otero


Choreography: Rubén Olmo

Music: Manuel Busto, Alejandro Cruz, Agustín Diassera, Rarefolk, Diego Losada, Víctor Márquez, Enrique Bermúdez and Pau Vallet

Music Recording: Fundación Barenboim-Said, Manuel Busto (musical direction)

Dramaturgy: Gregor Acuña-Pohl

Staging Design: Eduardo Moreno

Costume Design: Yaiza Pinillos

Lighting: Juan Gómez Cornejo

Imagery: Manuel Martín Nieto

Flamenco musicians of the Ballet Nacional de España

From the Village to the World of the Parisian Belle Époque

La Bella Otero is the first piece that Rubén Olmo has created and directed for the Ballet Nacional de España since his appointment as director in 2019. What most attracted the choreographer to the story of La Bella Otero is that one of the most famous women of her time was originally from a small village in Galicia. He puts dance at the service of the plot to narrate the life of an amazing woman, using everything from folklore to contemporary dance. It is a very emotional and also dramatic show, as it tells the story of a woman who invents her origins to reach the top, and finally ends up alone and forgotten. Considered an “opera ballet” in the broadest sense of the word, it is a large-format show, both for the number of dancers and for the array of their costumes, which recreate the world of the Parisian Belle Époque, and also for the dramatic development of the story. As a guest artist, the show counts on the great flamenco dancer Patricia Guerrero.

Estimated duration: two hours and five minutes (plus an interval)


Concert recorded by the Mezzo television channel for deferred broadcast.