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The Poster of the International Ballet Festival of Miami is revealed

Published, 08.29.13

The Colombian artist Ana González, who creates works of art about dance, was selected by Pedro Pablo Peña to design the poster of the XVIII International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM). It will be revealed in the afternoon of August 29th in the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center (MHCAC).

She was selected because of her extensive curriculum and her extraordinary version of a ballerina’s skirt in the painting Saltatio, which means dance in Latin, that was inspired in the Giselle ballet and that is the subject of the Festival’s poster. The Liber series (child in Latin), to which this painting belongs, will be in exhibition in the Peña Gallery, in the MHCAC from today up to September 14th.

“My work is about told stories,” says Ana González in an interview from Colombia. The skirts of her paintings remind us of childhood, of the Sunday dances, that helped in forgetting about war and violence. They are the main characters of Colombia’s history, and bring back only the good memories.

“They are memories that seem to give deepness and longevity to what is fleeting and small,” stated the artist. “They are daily details that I find in my repeated conversations with people who have lived through a violent experience and who try to avoid falling apart in moments of pain and death.”

González transforms a popular object, such as a Sunday dress, while she works at it with very fine and elaborate materials such as silk, haute couture fabrics and cloths, porcelain and Gobelin tapestries.

“I perfect what is old and forgotten in the human mind” she says, “as if they were a pair of used shoes that I shine in order to give them the dignity and pride that they deserve.”

¿Why do your ballerinas seem to be fading, highlighting the skirt, and not the tutu, that is typical of ballet?

“My work is about about ballerinas in general”, explained González. “In Colombia, due to the armed conflict, dancing is a way of vindicating the body. After being violence victims and after having mutilations caused by mines, the dance emerges in my work as a way of vindicating the body. It’s the way we see it in the mind, something blurry, faded, that repeats itself or that is less evident as time goes by.”

For González the skirt is a party dress, it has movements, it drapes and it is where “what is profane and sacred get connected. It is a magic connection between what is real and spiritual in dancing.”

González knows a great deal about ballet because she was a ballerina in Bogota until she was 20 years old, although she feels that her vocation is the plastic arts. “I met with dance once again while I was working with displaced people in Colombia who danced in an academy in Cartagena. I understood that ballet and dance in general also have a healing power in societies that have been damaged,” she said. “My work is about what comes after years of violence, of the flowers that grow in the cracks, of sanity and reconciliation throughout dancing. I would say that ballet found me when I was very young, and that is why the ballerinas, the dresses, and the chiaroscuro almost turned into an obsession in my work.”

The exhibition is made up by eight pieces, an audio video made with the Colombian musician Miguel Carrillo; Liberi, a girl who is dancing, who is displaced from Chocó, Colombia; Liberi I, a painting of this same girl; Saltatio, inspired in Giselle and its derivations, Saltatio I and Saltatio II; two porcelain figures, Rosa and Rosita, that refer to a ballerina’s dress and a painting from the De Azúcar series. You can visit her webpage in www.anagonzalezrojas.com.

The opening of the ‘Liber’ exhibition by Ana González, and the poster presentation for the XVIII International Ballet Festival of Miami will be held on Thursday 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in MHCAC, 111 SW 5 Ave., Miami, (305) 549-7711. Open until September 14th.

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