Santander, (EFE).- The dancer Lucía Lacarra, considered one of the main figures of current classical ballet, assures that she would never have imagined winning any prize throughout her career because for her dance is not something that can be scored or that it should be judged, “it is to enjoy”, he affirms.
In an interview with EFE on the occasion of her performance at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, the artist from Zumaia affirms that from a very young age she was clear about what she wanted: to be able to spend her life on stage and to be on stage but not being the protagonist, but by being “last in line”.
“When I was 11 years old, when I talked to my mother, I told her: Do you see the two rows behind while the main couple is doing the dance? I want to be the last one”, because what I wanted was to spend a lifetime on stage, I did not imagine or want to be the first in line”, says Lacarra, who acknowledges that only the stage would have been happy.
“Complete” on stage
She assures that, despite the more than 15 years she has been on stage, she continues to feel “complete” on stage and believes that hers is not a profession “so self-sacrificing or self-disciplined” as other artists say.
For her, being a dancer is what she has always wanted to do and the way of life she has chosen, which involved leaving her family behind at the age of 13 to “be able to be on stage.”
What Lacarra (Zumaia (Guipúzcoa), 1975) likes the most is the scene because having a career “as long” as his, the time one spends on stage is “very little” compared to the one he has to dedicate in a studio preparing, creating and rehearsing.
Emotions and being able to transmit them
A sensation and feelings that she wants to share with the spectators who go to see her at each play, because “wonderful experiences are not the same if they cannot be shared with someone,” she stresses.
“I consider that dance is an art and for dance to be an art it has to be full of emotions and being able to transmit those emotions is the most important thing for me, since I always say that a wonderful moment is twice as wonderful if you can share it with another person”, explains the artist.
She also never imagined receiving any prize because when she was little she thought they were contests and that she would never present herself, but after winning the Nijinsky in 2002; the Benois de la Danse a year later; or the World Ballet Stars, in Saint Petersburg in 2011; The dancer sees these awards as an extra motivation to continue working and as a recognition from her union to know that she is doing well.
A lucky and grateful dancer
“I have never tried to nurture an ego because I don’t think it is of any use in this world, I have seen it in a different way, I have never entered the world of competition, for me dance was something more spiritual, it was that moment on stage”, she adds, and for those who consider her a star, she replies that she sees herself as a “lucky and grateful” dancer because everything she has done “was never imagined”.
“Forlandia” and “In the still of the night” are the last two works that this dancer has created together with the Canadian Matthew Golding, with whom they are touring Spain and Germany, which are like “her babies” and for which she is very fond special because I already “wanted” them before taking them on stage.
Celia Aguero Pereda