Two ballets address sexual orientation

A pair of ballets from the national dance company of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud are designed to highlight the organization’s respect for all sexual orientations and genders. The dances, “Viceversa” and “Los tiernos anónimos,” are scheduled to premier at the Teatro de la Danza Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The director of the Compañía Nacional de Danza, Adrián Figueroa, said these performances stand as an invitation to the public to an artistic space free from discrimination. Both ballets feature characters in same-sex relationships, confronting the issue under the creative and free medium of dance.

“In the theater we combine the artist with the audience member, so that’s why it’s important for these cultural spaces to allow people to feel free, and also feel respected,” Figueroa said.

“Viceversa” features choreography from Wendy Chinchilla and will be performed by dancers from the national dance company. Its story is presented in a way to focus primarily on constructing a love story, just with two characters who happen to be of the same sex, a culture ministry report said.

“Los tiernos anónimos” by Christopher Núñez will be performed by the Danza Graffiti group. The performance focuses on anonymous love and the way in which gay couples have to hide themselves, according to Figueroa

Figueroa, who is also a dancer, said that the company’s events can present an avenue on which human rights and issues of equality can proceed in Costa Rica.

“We live in a free country, in theory,” he said. “Costa Rican society has been gradually realizing that we are distinct from one another, regardless of sexual identity, religion, political leaning, etc. We are distinct, but at the same time we are equal, because we are human beings, and we have the same rights to feel, to live, to be protected and to protect each other.”

Vice Minister of Cultura y Juventud Elena Quesada will speak on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement in the country before the dances begin. Free tickets are slated to be available at the Teatro de la Danza an hour before the shows start.

Ballets feature characters in a same-sex relationship.

Ballets feature characters in a same-sex relationship.

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