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The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The London Coliseum - Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion

Updated: Mar 26

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The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Andrej Uspenski

In the hallowed halls of the London Coliseum, a spectacle of unparalleled artistry unfolded last Sunday 17th March 2024. The Ballet Icons Gala, renowned for its dedication to the classical dance form, witnessed a performance that will be etched in the annals of dance history.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Andrej Uspenski

"The Thinker", presented in its UK première, became the pièce de résistance of an already glittering evening. Choreographed and performed by the illustrious Sergio Bernal, the piece was an arresting tableau of passion and precision that captivated the audience and earned a thunderous ovation.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Andrej Uspenski


Sergio Bernal, a maestro of movement, melded the fiery spirit of Spanish flamenco with the grace of classical ballet to present a narrative that was both personal and universal. His dance spoke in a silent language understood by all, a communication of raw emotion that transcended linguistic barriers and delved straight into the soul.


Daniel Jurado, the virtuoso guitarist, was more than an accompaniment; he was the heartbeat of the performance, his strings echoing the complex tapestry of feelings that Bernal's dance wove in the air. Together, they created not just a performance but a dialogue between melody and motion, light and shadow.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Kam Murali


The Coliseum's stage became an alchemist's crucible, where the synergy of light design and the resonant taps of Bernal's shoes transformed physical space into an emotional landscape. It was a harmonious blend that culminated in one of the top three performances of the night, leaving the audience in a collective state of awe.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Andrej Uspenski

The event, a grand affair, was graced by the presence of distinguished guests and patrons of the arts. Among the VIP attendees, the sparkle of high society mingled with the stars of the stage, reflecting the Gala's status as a beacon of cultural excellence.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Kam Murali

For those intrigued by the man behind "The Thinker", Sergio Bernal's journey and artistry can be explored further at Sergio Bernal's Dance Company. His biography is a testament to the dedication and fervour that define his craft.


The Thinker" by Sergio Bernal at The Ballet Icons Gala: A Triumph of Movement and Emotion. Photography by Andrej Uspenski

As London continues to bask in the afterglow of this cultural gem, the Ballet Icons Gala remains a testament to the power of performance art to stir the spirit and challenge the intellect, proving that the language of dance is universal.

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