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Diabolo Dance Theatre of Taiwan presentation in Managua

Róger Solórzano Canales | Sep 11, 2012

Diabolo Dance Theatre artist in Managua. | Photographer: Róger Solórzano Canales

Two nights of Taiwanese Chinese show at Ruben Dario National Theatre.

This is the first time that the Diablolo Dance Theatre of Taiwan, China, visits Nicaragua. The Main Hall at the Ruben Dario National Theatre will host the staging of "Ocean Heart", which will be presented on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th of September. 16 dancers will offer a show of juggling and dance techniques, immersed in a theatrical character play and technologically accompanied in lighting and audiovisual projections in 3D

A not so agreeable fact for our audience is that the tickets are completely sold out for today's presentation which was open to the public. Tomorrow’s presentation is strickly invitation only. The group is visiting Nicaragua as part of their first Latin-American tour. They previously visited Guatemala and right after they finish here, they are headed to Paraguay and El Salvador, as unveiled by the show’s organizers yesterday during a press conference in Managua.

Le-Chun Li, director of the group, said the Diabolo (instrument used by jugglers consisting of a spool which is operated by a rope, as shown in the photo), is very proper of children and that their story can be traced back to over a hundred years ago. In Taiwan, this art form original of Continental China, and from then on it was adapted to their culture.

The Diabolo Dance Theatre was founded in 1986 as the restlessness of a group of young artists to use the instrument as inexhaustible source of art through dance and theater. Nowadays, the group has showcased itself in over 30 different countries in the world. In this tour there is a participant delegation of 20 members of the group (including 16 dancers), who offered a workshop yesterday on the Diabolo to 20 something children from the National Circus school.

"Ocean Heart" is a play that represents a creative and magical world where fish interact: geniuses in bubbles, a clueless clown fish, a daring shark and a beautiful fish princess. Each artist will use the diabolo during the presentation accompanied by lighting and 3D projection in order to expand technologically its creative range on stage.

Translated by Paola Larrabure