Wednesday December 13, 2017

Video: Dancing Triplets, Four Years Later

Now teenagers, Angel, César, and Marcos continue their ballet studies

Courtesy thenewsworld.net

Remember the dancing triplets profiled in Sylvie Collier’s documentary To Dance Like A Man? At the time they were first filmed, Angel, César, and Marcos were nine years old and studying at Havana’s National School of Ballet. Recently BBC reporter Sarah Rainsford interviewed the triplets, now age thirteen, and produced a short video essay.

Devilish grins intact, the boys remain hardworking and dedicated to their dream of one day joining the Cuban National Ballet. Angel, the eldest by a minute, comments on their rigorous program of academic studies in addition to dance classes. Their parents have always been able to distinguish them, César notes, but teachers still confuse them and make them sit apart in the classroom so they can identify them. Marcos, the youngest by a minute, points out that they have different personalities, different styles of dancing, and different tastes in girlfriends. But they all share the dream of becoming principal dancers, and continue to help each other to achieve their goals.

Nadine Covert is a specialist in visual arts media with a focus on documentaries. She was for many years the Executive Director of the Educational Film Library Association (EFLA) and Director of its American Film Festival, then the major documentary competition in the U.S. She later became director of the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the J. Paul Getty Trust and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Covert has served on the board of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and is currently a consultant to the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).