Ballet and Verse on International Day of the Book 23rd of April

Ballet and Verse on International Day of the Book 23rd of April

Friday, 23 April 2021, 12.00pm

Celebrate the International Day of the Book. This year, Instituto Cervantes is hosting a poetry reading in Galician and Spanish with Alba Cid (National Prize for Young Poetry 2020). Together with her voice and verses, let yourself be carried away by the dance and movements of Niamh O'Flannagain; choreography by Laura Bruña (Ballet Ireland).

International Day of the Book is a commemoration celebrated every April 23rd worldwide with the aim of promoting reading, the publishing industry and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. Since 1988, it is an international celebration promoted by UNESCO. In Catalonia (Spain), Saint George's Day is also celebrated exchanging books and red roses between loved ones.

About the Performers

Alba Cid (Ourense, 1989) is a Galician poet and researcher. Her first collection of poems, Atlas (Galaxia, 2019), was awarded the Miguel Hernández National Prize for Young Poetry 2020, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Greek, English and Portuguese, and have been included in anthologies, magazines and websites such as Asymptote, Enfermaria 6, Kenyon Review online, Oculta Lit, Poem-a-Day (the digital series of the Academy of American Poets) and The Offing. She collaborates on Radio Galega and in various magazines, and is part of the editorial team of Dorna. She photographs and illustrates occasionally. Alba Cid has also been part of inter-artistic projects related with intangible heritage such as Os danzantes dos Reis (aCentralFolque, 2018), with a text that accompanies photographs by Eutropio Rodríguez. Over the last years, she was in charge of the John Rutherford Center for Galician Studies (University of Oxford).

Niamh O’Flannagain began dancing locally in Dublin with the Dunbar School of Dance before moving to the Goode School of Dance. Following this, she was accepted into Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where she completed her professional training. As a member of Encore Dance, Tring Park’s graduate company directed by Antony Dowson, Niamh completed two UK tours as well as appearing in a gala performance in Sweden with the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She performed works such as Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Concerto, Cathy Marston’s Traces, and Drew McOnie’s Be Mine. Niamh completed three seasons with the National Young Ballet of Great Britain working alongside Mikah Smillie, Jonathan Payn, Drew McOnie, and Terry Wright. She appeared in numerous performances in venues including Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Albert Hall, and The Royal College of Music. Niamh joined Ballet Ireland in 2018 and performed in The Nutcracker, Bold Moves (2019) and Swan Lake.

International Day of the Book is a commemoration celebrated every April 23rd worldwide with the aim of promoting reading, the publishing industry and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. Since 1988, it is an international celebration promoted by UNESCO. In Catalonia (Spain), Saint George's Day is also celebrated exchanging books and red roses between loved ones.

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