La Jornada – “I always wanted to be the one to stop dancing and not have them decide for me”

Mexico City. with the works Impermanent, of Yazmín Barragán, and Corner down! by Nellie Happee, Agustina Galizzi, prima ballerina of the National Dance Company (CND), bids farewell to the stage this April 28 and 30 at the Palace of Fine Arts.

The classical dancer of Argentine origin shares in an interview that it was difficult to make the decision to leave the stage, but for a couple of years she had already thought about this moment.

“I always wanted to be the one to stop dancing and not to be stopped because I couldn’t dance anymore. I was aware of this because when a dancer reaches 40 years of age, his body is not the same; I think that from 35 to 40 years old it is a difficult process because you have to stay very trained and be disciplined, because your body and energy is not the same as when you were 20, so all that made me think that this was going to come soon moment.”

He explained that during the pandemic, being at home with a calmer rhythm of life, without the stress that dancers suffer, made him reflect on living that way, coupled with the fact that his body was already asking for something else.

“Being at home with my daughter more time and paying more attention to her, because in this profession it is difficult and one sacrifices motherhood a lot, it was a trigger and I decided it from one day to the next. I always wanted to be the one to decide it and not have them decide it for me.”

Galizzi, who last January celebrated 22 years of belonging to the CND, in 2009 reached the highest category of ballet: prima ballerina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she joined the group in 2000, after graduating from the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón.

In 1995 he won the Silver Medal at the Southern Common Market Festival (Mercosur). She has been invited to dance alongside internationally renowned artists at various festivals and galas in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and the United States.

Among the most significant roles he has played are the leading roles in works such as Carmen, Eugene Onegin, The Tamed Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Giselle, Swan Lake Y The Sylph and the Scotsman.

The dancer maintains that she has had a full career and feels satisfied with everything she has achieved. “I have had ups and downs, but in the company they always bet on me and they let me know since I arrived. For me that was very important, in addition to belonging to this institution that is the highest house in this country. It has been a pride and an honor to belong to her.”

about the piece Impermanent, that she will perform on stage, Galizzi shares that when director Cuauhtémoc Nájera proposed that they put on a play for her farewell, she thought of Yazmín Barragán, who was her partner at the CND and knows her very well.

It is a very emotional work that is accompanied by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

As part of the farewell program, he will also dance Corner down! “A happy ballet where the whole company enjoys and I wanted my classmates to enjoy that moment with me.”

He chose Corner go down! because the teacher Nellie Happee “has been a very important person for me by giving me the opportunity to dance all the main roles of her works and it is like a small thanks to what she gave me in my career”.

He added that Corner go down! “It is an exclusive ballet of the company and a tribute to Mexico in gratitude for everything it has given me since I arrived with two suitcases and full of dreams 22 years ago.”

Galizzi, who was always interested in dramatic ballet as Manon, Romeo and Juliet Y Giselle, will continue in the world of dance as a teacher and has other projects for next year related to contemporary dance. “I will continue in the contemporary environment, no longer on pointe, and helping my father (Mario Galizzi) to put on his works again. I have several projects, but they will be surprises”.

The National Dance Company will say goodbye to Galizzi on April 28 at 8:00 p.m. and on April 30 at 1:00 p.m.