Day 18_Gret Palucca

[Gentes del mundo, el coronavirus nos ha encerrado. Pero no sólo no podrá con nosotros, sino que vamos a aprovechar el encierro al máximo. Aquí va mi idea del día.]

Con el ataque aéreo de los Aliados a Dresde durante los últimos coletazos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la célebre bailarina Gret Palucca perdió lo que le quedaba después de ya haber sido denostada por el regimen del Tercer Reich. Lo que no le pudieron bombardear fue ni lo que había aprendido de Mary Wigman y otros revolucionarios de la danza,  ni su carácter jovial, optimista y luchador.
Cuando acabó la guerra y reabrió su escuela, Dresde ya era parte de la RDA y le impusieron -a ella, que no había logrado hacer las paces con el ballet clásico, que consideraba demasiado encorsetado para la nueva danza que se imponía en el mundo- unas clases de ballet firmadas por Agripina Vaganova para sus alumnos.
En Serenata, con música de Albéniz, Gret Palucca cruza el escenario a cámara lenta, enseñando abdominales y sonriendo al mundo, como si el drama no fuera con ella.

[People of the world, the Coronavirus has locked us up. But not only will it not be able to take us, but we will make the most of the lockdown. Here’s my idea for the day.]

With the air raid by the Allies on Dresden during the last stages of the Second World War, the dancer Gret Palucca lost everything she had left , even after being disgraced by the regime of the Third Reich. What they could not bomb her was neither what she had learned from Mary Wigman and other dance revolutionaries, nor her jovial, optimistic and spirited character.
When the war ended and she reopened her school, Dresden was already part of the GDR, and she -who had not managed to reconcile herself with classical ballet, which she considered too stiff for the new dance that was being imposed on the world- was obliged to incorporate ballet classes signed by Agripina Vaganova for her students. In Serenata, with music by Albéniz, Gret Palucca crosses the stage in slow motion, showing her abs and smiling to the world, as if the drama were not with her.

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