Guatemalan Dance Culture


The National Ballet of Guatemala - "Cultural Heritage of the Nation"

The first representation of the Ballet Guatemala (National Ballet of Guatemala), was held on July 16, 1948, at the Capitol Theater, with such success that thanks to it the foundation of the Ballet is specified, being also the starting point of his stay till the date.

This presentation gave way to the foundation of this company which was led by the teachers and dancers Marcele Bonge and Jean Devaux, originally from Belgium.

Given its remarkable trajectory, the National Ballet of Guatemala (Ballet Guatemala) was recognized as an integral part of the Cultural Heritage of the Nation on March 24, 1992, through Legislative Decree No.17-92 of the Honorable Congress of the Republic.

It is made up of professional dancers, mostly graduates of the National Dance School. It has an extensive choreographic repertoire of universal size, such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, Don Quixote, among others.

The Ballet works as a dependency of the General Direction of Art and Culture of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
70 years of History of the Ballet Guatemala told by its protagonists

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The Modern & Folkloric Ballet

The Modern and Folkloric Ballet was founded at the request of the Directorate General of the Arts, by Governmental Agreement of October 1st, 1964, attached to the Dance Department, with the approval and support of the Ministry of Education.

Dependent of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, its main objectives are: To make known to the entire population the cultural diversity that it possesses, to spread and promote music, traditional dance, as well as the practice and diffusion of modern dance. Popular arts predominate in their presentations and the tradition remains alive.

The Ballet has made a great effort to collect all its ethnographic wealth. Its creative mission has been strengthened by the quality of artistic diffusion that it carries out in all its representations.

One of the most important achievements of the Institution of the Modern and Folkloric Ballet was the creation of its own accompanying marimba called Marimba Guatemala, founded in May 1995 at the initiative of the teachers Lucía Armas, Amílcar Corzo and René Argueta.

The other face of the Ballet and for which it is well known is the practice of Contemporary Dance, with multiple works created by national and international choreographers which have been presented in different seasons.