Our History


Since its foundation on August 27, 1935, the SODRE Corps de Ballet has been the public artistic institution responsible for developing classical professional ballet in Uruguay. Since then, the repertoire of the national company has included a vast spectrum of classical ballet and has also incorporated works of reference, promoting creations in the area of contemporary and modern dance for the enjoyment of all citizens.

During the first half of the twentieth century, Uruguay, and Montevideo in particular, was the undisputed stop for all the great figures and companies that arrived in the continent from the major centers of dance productions: Europe, Russia and the United States. The effervescence of that time, both within the corps de ballet and in the rest of the national artistic scene and the city as a whole, a result of multiple experiences promoted by artists and masters from the most remote European stages, allowed the art of ballet to become part of the life of Montevideans.

The beginning of the 1970s was tragic, as flames opened a somber period for this company and for SODRE in general. With the fire of the Auditorium, a great part of its artistic heritage, tradition and history was lost and its future jeopardized, as the institution was left with no home, framework or proposal. In 2009, after a pilgrimage through different precarious rehearsal sites, the company moved to its permanent brand new venue: the Dr. Adela Reta National Auditorium, still under construction but with an impressive stage for presentations.


From June 2010 up to december 2017, under the artistic direction of renowned master Julio Bocca, the company, now called BNS | Ballet Nacional Sodre, has experienced the greatest transformation of its entire history. A new team took charge of the management and the company was refounded and began a new stage that still continues today. The incorporation of master Julio Bocca as artistic director gave rise to a strongly dynamic process of refoundation of the national corps de ballet, opening its doors to the region and the world, both regarding the composition of its members and the selection of masters, choreographers and guest dancers, restarting a gradual and safe incorporation of the company to a path of excellence attuned to the times and at an international level.

Since then, over thirty works have premiered at the National Auditorium, many of which were versions of great ballets classics (Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, The Merry Widow, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty to name a few, and paradigmatic works of the best modern and contemporary repertoire (Russian Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Donizzetti Variations, The leaves are fading, Sinfonietta, Without Words, The Consecration of the Spring, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Messiah, Petite Mort, among others). Original creations for the company were also staged, such as Tres Hologramas (Inthamoussú and Jorge Drexler), Gracias (Graciela Figueroa),Tango & Candombe (Ana María Stekelman), Nocturno (Inthamoussú, Juan Campodónico and Campo), One and Others (Demis Volpi/Christos Hatzis), Episodios sobre un mismo Tema (Andrea Salazar and Luciano Supervielle) and Instantáneas (Andrea Salazar and Luciano Supervielle) / Encuentros (Marina Sánchez).

Since February 2018, master Igor Yebra takes charge of the artistic direction with the clear objetive of continuing Bocca's work and legacy.

With an annual audience of over 110,000, and under modern and dynamic management, the company resumes the old tradition of having its work linked to important figures of the dance world, thus raising its standard toward excellence, positioning BNS as a benchmark in the region and as the image of a new country.

A - “El festín de la araña” Olga Banegas


B - “La Peri” Alberto Pouyanne


C - Margaret Graham

D - “Danubio Azúl” de Strauss

Teatro al aire libre - Parque Rodó / 1939

E - En la ciudad de Yaguarón


F - “Apollón”


G / H -Auditorio Nacional Dra. Adela Reta