Spain dances to different tune with a new national ballet
• Venture aims to stop loss of homegrown talent
• Socialists and royals back move but funding private
Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Tuesday October 3, 2006
Spain is to try imitating the success of Britain's Royal Ballet by establishing a national classical ballet company to tap a well of talented dancers who have been forced abroad.
Tamara Rojo, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, is reportedly being targeted as the new artistic director of a company that is backed by everyone from Spain's royal family to the socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
The country is unique in western Europe in not having a national ballet company.http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1886067,00.html