Ballet bad-boy joins WAB

Ballet bad-boy joins WAB

Oscar Valdés will be joining West Australian Ballet's full-time ranks as a Soloist from April.

Ballet bad-boy Oscar Valdés wowed Perth audiences and critics alike in 2015 as he performed in West Australian Ballet’sEmbraceable You – A Celebration of Balanchineas a guest artist. With jumps that defy gravity and perfectly placed turns that never end, Valdés will be joining WAB’s full-time ranks as a Soloist from April 2017.

Originally connecting with Valdés through numerous international industry networks, Artistic DirectorAurélien Scannella is eager and excited to share the Cuban dancer’s extraordinary stage talents and persona with WAB audiences. “For many decades Cuba has produced incredible ballet dancers who have shined all around the globe and Oscar Valdes is a perfect product of that amazing Cuban school. I am thrilled to welcome him back to Perth for the joy & excitement of our public.” Scannella will make the announcement public at the Opening Night reception ofTakuto: Ballet at the Quarry this Friday evening.

Valdés says his previous experience with the Company is what has drawn him back to the world’s most isolated city (and the world’s most geographically isolated ballet company). “Aurélien can be strict at work and that’s good because he likes things done well, but he’s also the kind of person who shows you confidence and security and I think that’s important for a dancer. For me it is so important to feel the Company is like a family or a home. This is how I felt with WAB.”

Valdés joins WAB after a successful stint as a Coryphée with the Dutch National Ballet, one of the World’s most prestigious ballet companies, the official and largest in the Netherlands.

With the addition of a Cuban national, WAB now represents 8 nationalities in its Company ranks.

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