Celebrating Excellence in Dance: Sergio Bernal Receives the 2023 Man of the Year Award by Esquire
In a glittering ceremony held at the esteemed Casino de Madrid on the 7th of November 2023, the illustrious Man of the Year Award for 2023 was conferred upon Sergio Bernal, the UK Ambassador for Arts - Parliamentary Society. This prestigious accolade, presented by Esquire, marked a resounding recognition of Mr. Bernal's outstanding contributions in dance. The evening bore witness to the convergence of over 250 luminaries from diverse creative spheres, including actors, musicians, models, designers, chefs, dancers, filmmakers, and influencers.
A constellation of notable figures, including Álvaro De Luna, Adriana Abenia, Alberto Ortiz, Álex Pastrana, Ana Fernández, Arturo Valls, Ana Guerra, Elena Rivera, and many others, graced the event to celebrate the honorees. Notably, the evening saw Antonio Banderas crowned as the Man of the Year 2023, with an array of luminaries like David Bisbal (Música), Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo (Creación Audiovisual), and Alessandro Sartori (Moda) receiving their well-deserved awards.
At the heart of this prestigious gathering was Sergio Bernal, a dancer par excellence whose career has been nothing short of extraordinary. Born in Madrid in 1990, Bernal embarked on his journey into the world of dance in 2002, enrolling at the Real Conservatorio de Danza de Madrid, where he displayed an exceptional aptitude for the art form, ultimately graduating with top honors.
Bernal's professional odyssey commenced when he joined the company of Rafael Aguilar as a principal dancer, a role that laid the foundation for a remarkable career trajectory. Subsequently, he became an integral part of the Workshop of the National Ballet of Spain, solidifying his reputation as a formidable talent in the world of dance.
In 2009, Sergio Bernal's star ascended further as he embarked on a global tour with Flamenco Hoy, collaborating with the iconic Carlos Saura company. His journey reached a pinnacle in 2012 when he joined the prestigious National Ballet of Spain as a soloist, ascending to the esteemed position of principal dancer in 2016.
In the intervening years, Bernal's artistry has graced the stages of renowned international star galas, sharing the limelight with luminaries such as Plisétskaya, Rojo, Somova, Obraztsova, Nuñez, and Polunin, among others. His repertoire boasts an array of iconic performances, including "The Three-Cornered Hat," "Fantasía Galaica," "Puerta de Tierra," "Zapateado de Sarasate," and "Eritaña," choreographed by the legendary Antonio Ruiz Soler, as well as "Bolero" by Rafael Aguilar and "Bolero" by Granero.
In addition to interpreting classical masterpieces, Bernal has ventured into choreography, showcasing his creative prowess through works like "Overture," "Ser," "Folia of Gentlemen," "Orgia," "Bolero," "Histoire du Soldat," and "Petrushka." His innovative choreographic expressions have garnered acclaim and provided a testament to his artistic versatility.
In September 2019, Sergio Bernal embarked on a new chapter in his career, departing from the National Ballet of Spain to establish his own company in collaboration with Ricardo Cue. Their inaugural production, 'A Night with Sergio Bernal,' premiered in Sochi, Russia, featuring the artistry of Joaquín de Luz and Miriam Mendoza. In January of the same year, Bernal was invited as a special guest artist at the English National Ballet's 70th-anniversary celebration, directed by the renowned Tamara Rojo, at London's Coliseum Theater.
In October 2020, Bernal unveiled his second production, "SER," at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, a testament to his commitment to pushing the boundaries of dance. In January 2022, he embarked on a tour featuring both programs in Italy and Spain, further solidifying his status as a luminary in the world of dance.
Sergio Bernal's journey from a young aspirant at the Real Conservatorio de Danza de Madrid to the recipient of the Man of the Year Award for 2023 by Esquire is a testament to his unwavering dedication, exceptional talent, and profound impact on the world of dance. His artistry continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide, making him a true luminary in the realm of performing arts.
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