With a title taken from the letters of the name Hulda Bittencourtthe show is formatted in five blocks: H represents horizonte. On this board, Jorge Takla explores Hulda's struggle and perseverance to achieve her dreams. U, from união, portrays Hulda's achievement in creating the Cisne Negro dance academy and the partnerships that ensured the institution's success, such as that of her husband Edmundo Bittencourt and her daughters, Dany and Giselle. L materializes the lHulda has allowed herself the freedom to lead the company, inaugurated with many men and eclectic choices of repertoire. Dfrom dance is the plurality of the Cisne Negro, which does not favor only one style, but the various dance manifestations that exist. The closing takes place with the THE which symbolizes the amor and Hulda's devotion to art.
"Hulda represents the diversity of styles, the strength and struggle of the conquering woman in a dance company - which in itself already suffers prejudice in a macho country," says the director Jorge Takla. Jorge says that he started the rehearsals by collecting testimonials from the dancers that are currently part of the company. From the question "What does Hulda mean to you?", movements, feelings, and stories that become scenic elements in the hands of the creatives involved with the work began to be collected. "It is a privilege to have a vocation and then realize it," says Takla about Hulda's love for dance, whom he calls "muse and head of the Swan".
Happy to be at this moment in his career, also with 40 years in the profession, Ana Botafogo - who continues to lead the ballet's direction of Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiroin partnership with Cecilia Kerche - is still "trying" to gradually leave the stage to dedicate herself solely to scenic dance direction. "Last year I danced much less, but I was missing the stages. In H.U.L.D.A, they represent the dance ideas that were and are part of this company," says Ana.
With the enthusiasm and vitality of someone who does what she loves in life, the honoree, whom everyone affectionately calls Dona Hulda, does not shy away from remembering the beginning, the difficult economic situation, and the family's resistance. "To buy a pair of sneakers, my mother had to take money from the rice and beans. Suddenly I ended up in Maria Olenewa Dance School", he says, citing the main incubator of classical dancers in Brazil.
Dany Bittencourt and Rui Moreira
General Direction, Script and Scenic Conception
Graphic Design and Visual Communication
Ana Botafogo and Daniela Severian
Cast of Cisne Negro Cia de Dança
André Santana, César Dias Cirqueira, Clarissa Braga, Edson Artur, Felipe Silva, Giovanna Perez, Isabel Lima,
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