Like a butterfly: RAISA BETANKOURT

Dancers can reach the impossible and we all want to be like them. little pay, beautiful, vulnerable, expressive: they look like butterflies. And they have gnarled feet, which often say more than many speeches, taking us from reality into another dimension (Robert Altman).

This is the story of Raisa betankourt who aspires to become a prima ballerina. She dances from the age of 5 and as early as 8 years old she moved from Kirovognad to Kiev to attend the Choreography School. With a Ukrainian mother and Cuban father, her passion for dancing runs in the family blood. She studied throughout her childhood and adolescence and was noticed during her graduation exam and selected for the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater. At the age of 18 she began a training course at the Theater and in 2016 after 10 years of activity she became a solo dancer, the last achievement before becoming a prima ballerina . Every day except Mondays, she spends the whole day between dance rehearsals, advanced classes and evening performances. How does one manage to transform hard work and great sacrifice into something to offer everyone in its most beautiful form? It is a capacity that goes even further the gestures, the movement and the loveliness, it is the capacity to transform. This is what allows entry to fantastic worlds, romantic or poignant. A metaphor also of life. The photographs, by Luca Catalano Gonzaga, narrate artistic moments, those of hard work, of everyday life, to the privileged access to a seemingly impossible world. (text by Muriel de Meo).

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