Chilean National Ballet

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Chilean National Ballet
General information
Name Chilean National Ballet
Year founded 1945
Principal venue University of Chile Theatre
Website Official Website
Senior staff
Director Gigi Caciuleanu
Official school School of Dance, University of Chile
Formation Principal
Corps de Ballet

The Chilean National Ballet, founded in 1945, is Chile's oldest professional contemporary dance company. It is based at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile.


Germany's Kurt Jooss Ballet company toured South America in 1941, including Santiago, Chile. The Institute of Musical Activities at the University of Chile approached some of the Jooss company's dancers about establishing a dance school at the University of Chile in Santiago. Ernst Uthoff left the Kurt Jooss Ballet to remain in Santiago, establishing a School of Dance at the university. Uthoff was the dance school's director, choreographer, and first master teacher. Along with Uthoff, Lola Botka and Rudolf Pescht left the Jooss company to join the School of Dance as master teachers. A Ballet Corps was eventually added, and under the name the Chilean National Ballet, the company debuted in 1945 with a production of Léo Delibes's Coppelia.[1]

During its history, the company has performed over 200 works. It tours internationally, most extensively to Latin American venues.

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  1. ^ "Chilean National Ballet". University of Chile. Retrieved March 26, 2012.