Tirana, 27 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The prestigious award “Golden Nutcracker” ( “Lo Schiaccianoci d’Oro 2016”), which is given in the International Ballet Festival, was won by the Ballet Troop of the Albanian National Opera and Ballet Theater, directed by Ilir Kerni.
The Albanian Ballet Troop performed in this festival the “No Comeco” piece by choreographer Daniel Cardoso and “La Sylphide” under the choreography of F. Taglioni.
“Albania with its talented artists, was a successful surprise of this Festival”, said the artistic directress and founder of this Festival, the prominent Italian ballerina, Maria Pia Liotta.
As it rarely happens, the Albanian ballet troop was also accompanied by the prominent singer of Albanian folk music, Merita Halili and musician Raif Hyseni, as guests of honor in the last night of this Festival.
Halili and Hyseni were also honored with a special award for the contribution given as ambassadors of the distribution of Albanian art and music in the world.
Other guests of honor in this festival included the successful Albanian ballerinas in Italy, Ambeta Toromani and Kledi Kadiu.
The Festival saw a unique performance by the world ballet star, Karla Fracci. She performed the role of Mother Teresa, being inspired by a personal letter that Mother Teresa had sent her years ago. /balkaneu.com/