Meet Oscar Valdés
Cuban born Oscar Valdés wowed Perth audiences and critics alike in 2015 as he performed in West Australian Ballet’s Embraceable You – A Celebration of Balanchine as a guest artist. With jumps that defy gravity and perfectly placed turns that never end, Valdés has joined WAB’s full-time ranks as a Soloist and will be performing in the upcoming season of Don Quixote. Click here to purchase tickets.
Originally connecting with Valdés through numerous international industry networks, Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella is eager and excited to share the Cuban dancer’s extraordinary stage talents and persona with WAB audiences. “For many decades Cuba has produced incredible ballet dancers who have shined all around the globe and Oscar Valdes is a perfect product of that amazing Cuban school. I am thrilled to welcome him back to Perth for the joy & excitement of our public.”
Valdés says his previous experience with the Company is what has drawn him back to the world’s most isolated city (and the world’s most geographically isolated ballet company). “Aurélien can be strict at work and that’s good because he likes things done well, but he’s also the kind of person who shows you confidence and security and I think that’s important for a dancer. For me it is so important to feel the Company is like a family or a home. This is how I felt with WAB.”
Valdés joins WAB after a successful stint as a Coryphée with the Dutch National Ballet, one of the World’s most prestigious ballet companies, the official and largest in the Netherlands.
With the addition of a Cuban national, WAB now represents 8 nationalities in its Company ranks.