All this diversity of contexts is expressed in two of his great loves lyric and folklore. In addition, all these and his multiple readings led him to be that director that his mother had foreshadowed many years before. Manzur graduated from higher dance and after years working as a dancer, he found one of his greatest life goals.
He knew, then, that he should help, through art, that country that had received and welcomed him. In this regard, Manzur states: “I set out to create a company that had the entire Colombian cast. With that I was able to have my own company, founded in 1992. This aired in 1997 and has not stopped since then. ”
The director is convinced that realities can be transformed from art. Therefore, he has always bet on Colombian talent. “I have believed a lot in national talent and what happens is that there is a lack of national support for nationals,” notes the artist.
He thinks that one of the great debts of the country is to lose young talents, who get tired of waiting to be known and decide to take other directions. Manzur also attributes all this to a huge lack of education in art and in the exaltation of our artistic expressions by Colombian institutions. The director has not tired of repeating that in Colombia we are privileged by the mixes and the diversity of artistic inheritances that stroll throughout our territory.
For these reasons, Manzur appreciates zarzuela so much, because it is also the product of transformations and combinations. It came from the seventeenth-century Spanish courts, migrated throughout Spain and reached Latin American lands. Step by step he obtained variations and it is so that each place enjoys having a unique and different type.
“The world is a contagion in every way, where it is spread to each other,” says the director, and the same happened with the zarzuela. For Manzur, to rescue her is to remember a part of who we are as a country. It is about going back in time and making current those expressions that have been lost in time.
Released in 1924, “The Legend of the Kiss” is considered one of the most demanding zarzuelas in terms of interpretation. This, with a libretto by Enrique Reoyo, José Silva Aramburu and Antonio Paso and with music by Reveriano Soutullo and Juan Vert, has traveled the most important stages in the world.
In all he has delighted the spectators with the story of dramatic love between Poppy and Count Mario. On the other hand, “Anthology of the zarzuela” collects in all its act the choirs and the most complex romanzas of the lyric that have crossed the zarzuelas.