Marcelino Sambé principal dancer of the Royal BalletJune 14, 2019
Marcelino Sambé, the young man whom Forbes magazine already considered a prominent reason on its list 30 young Europeans under 30 will act as a lead dancer in the 2019-2020 season of the Royal Ballet.
It is a source of pride for us to see an extraordinary Portuguese being recognized and taking classical dance to an international level. In an interview with the Observer last year, Marcelino Sambé emphasized that he regretted the little preponderance of classical dance in Portugal. Multiple are the dances that the National Ballet Company presents, however, the vast majority of them focus on contemporary dance, leaving the classic panorama to the international companies that come to Portugal with the usual ones blockbusters - Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, etc.
Marcelino Sambé studied at the Royal Ballet school, after winning the Prix de Lausanne for which he received a scholarship and stayed there since the age of sixteen, growing in his career over time.
Always working hard, he reached stardom in the city that is for him the epicenter of classical dance. Which is curious, because most of us think of Russia and its big companies (Ballet Bolshoi among others) as the ideal place to evolve in studies to a level of excellence, recognizing greater formal freedom and a great deal of freedom. support for performing arts at all levels.
In the interview with the Observer in 2018, he recognizes what we all believe to be obvious, that in Portugal there is a lack of greater investment in the arts, so that the bar is higher in the various artistic areas.
We are certain that it will continue to conquer great stages with the Royal Ballet in London, and the fact that we see Portugal so well represented in the dance could not be better stimulating.
However, his ascension as a main dancer also serves to remind us of some important aspects in terms of dance. The Conservatório de Dança gives great dance bases, without a doubt, Sambé recognizes him too. Even so, there is still a lot to do in Portugal so that classical dance is balanced in face of contemporary dance. Especially because classical dance is the basis of contemporary dance, as such a solid teaching of both will always be necessary. It is essential to encourage investment and patronage in the classical sphere. And that involves educating the right people and the general public. The presence of Sambé as a main dancer allows to show the pessimists who defend that Portugal does not have good artists. They exist and in all areas, but they need to be supported and in order to be supported, the structures of study and work must be well promoted and prepared in order to allow their development.
We look forward to your next steps, convinced that it will continue to cause success and fill rooms. We are delighted with the possibility of coming, in the near future, to enjoy it on one of the many Portuguese stages. Until then, Marcelino Sambé will continue to prove to us that everything is possible with work, dedication and believing in our dreams.
See on YouTube the performance of Marcelino Sambé on Prix de Lausanne 2010 Finals Classical Variation