Ballet Acadiana brings in guest artists from around the world to work with our local company members and to dance in our performances around Acadiana. These guest artists educate and guide our dancers, as well as inspire our audiences. Having dancers with these experiences and esteem involved with and performing in our community is rare, and their influence helps to establish Ballet Acadiana and develop our dancers. We hope you appreciate these guests as much as we do, and if you'd like to be a part of providing one-of-a-kind opportunities like this, please take the time to get to know these dancers, come watch their performances, and share your thanks with them.
International Guest Artist, Fall 2015
Arionel Vargas joined Ballet Acadiana for the premier performance under artistic directors Beverly F. Spell and Dadier Aguilera — Contemporary to Classics. He performed the Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, and Epitafio alongside local company members.
Arionel was born in Cuba. He trained with Laura Alonso at the National Ballet School of Cuba. His career began with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he danced a variety of the Balanchine repertoire including Serenade, Ballo della Regina, Allegro Brillante, and Concerto Barocco. While in Canada, he was also noted for his roles in Jiří Kylián’s Symphony in D, John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, Galina Yordanova's Sleeping Beauty, and David Nixon’s productions of Beauty & the Beast and Madame Butterfly.
Arionel joined the English National Ballet as a principal dancer in 2004 and has danced leading roles in all the major classical repertoire, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, and Giselle with Albrecht being one of his favorite roles. In 2007, he appeared as the Lead Gypsy Boy in Michael Corder’s The Snow Queen. He has also danced both Lescaut and Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.
His achievements include winning the gold medal in Brazil’s International Ballet Competition in 1994 and winning gold in the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996.
He has appeared in Carlos Acosta and friends in Valencia and at the London Coliseum. His guest appearances include galas in St. Petersburg and Japan, often performing with international ballet star Evelyn Hart. For Northern Ballet, he has danced in David Nixon’s productions of Withering Heights. He performed Wayne Eagling’s Duet at the Prague International Festival with English National Ballet’s former prima ballerina, Daria Klimentová, and in December 2009, he performed with Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro with Roberta Marques in The Nutcraker. In 2011, Arionel appeared at the Opera House in Georgia in Giselle and Don Quixote and Makarova’s La Bayadère with Julio Boca Company.
Arionel starred in the motion picture Love Tomorrow, written and directed by Christopher Payne, which was nominated at the Raindance Film Festival for Best UK Feature.
During the 2013-2014 season, he appeared in the English National Ballet's new staging of Le Corsaire dancing the leading roles of both Conrad and Lankendem. Arionel appeared as Romeo in Derek Deane’s staging of Romeo & Juliet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall and danced at the Dance Open Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg. His roles with the English National Ballet also included Prince Siegfried in Deane’s Swan Lake and Franz in Coppelia during the company’s autumn tour and London Coliseum seasons.
After recently retiring from the English National Ballet, Arionel performs as a guest artist with various companies, most recently with The Georgia Ballet in Coppélia — and now with Ballet Acadiana. It's a true honor to have a dancer of his prestige share his talents with our company and community.
International Guest Artist, Fall 2015
Marize Fumero also joined Ballet Acadiana for the premier performance under artistic directors Beverly F. Spell and Dadier Aguilera — Contemporary to Classics. She performed in Carmen alongside our company dancers.
Marize was born in Havana, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Upon graduation in 2009, she entered Ballet Nacional de Cuba where her many roles included the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, Swanilda in Coppélia, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads and Kitri’s Friends in Don Quixote, and Nikiya in La Bayadère. She also appeared in Cinderella, Paquita, and Samsara.
In 2012 Marize left Havana and was invited to London to join English National Ballet. She appeared as Lead Snowflakes and Leading Flowers in Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker and Aurora’s Friends and Jewels variation in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty. She appeared in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre) and also in his Romeo & Juliet in-the-round staged at the Royal Albert Hall. She also danced in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, George Williamson’s Firebird, and as one of the three Odalisque’s in Le Corsaire staged by Anna-Marie Holmes.
Marize joined the Milwaukee Ballet Company in 2014, where she has performed many roles including Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Michael Pink's Gisselle, Mortal Form, and Michael Pink's Cinderella. We feel extremely fortunate that her company break lines up with our performance allowing her to accompany Arionel Vargas on a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana. She will surely inspire our Ballet Acadiana members and audience with her dancing.