Chavez legacy lives on in Venezuela ballet

State-sponsored play traces late leader's journey from humble sweet seller to champion of Bolivarian revolution.

    Nearly two years after his death, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez still looms large in public life. A ballet based on Chavez's life is the latest in what some critics are calling a government propaganda.

    Maria Rossell, the ballet's director, denies the charge. "For us it's important, it's part of the message we are giving, that this is a ballet, a political ballet, but a ballet with an aesthetic proposal. It is a work of art, not a brochure," she said.

    Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan explains.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.