10 September 2012 at 11.32am | 1 Comment
Brazilian Royal Ballet Principals Thiago Soares and Roberta Marquez danced last night with a troupe of blind ballerinas at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The performance, part of the 'Festival of the Flame', was to celebrate the passing of the Paralympics from London to Rio, where the Games will be held in 2016.
Four dancers from São Paulo-based Fernanda Bianchini Association of Ballet for the Blind performed with the principals in Green and Yellow, an eight-minute-long work intended to symbolize the beginning of a new Games cycle.
Dancer Marina Guimarães said about the performance, "It's a wonderful and unforgettable experience for us, an opportunity that I could never imagine. I used to swim and some said that I might one day participate in the Olympics. I never thought I'd be here as an artist. If there are only a few athletes who make it here, there are even fewer artists."
Thiago, Roberta and the ballerinas performed alongside the likes of Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z. Their dance contribution followed that of other Royal Ballet artists Edward Watson, Gary Avis, Nehemiah Kish and Jonathan Cope who danced with Darcey Bussell at the London 2012 closing ceremony last month.
Prior to taking to the stage, Thiago tweeted pictures from backstage.