According to this woman’s story, Marta taught classes both in her house and in the school Reinado Corazón de Jesús, still open on Walia Street in Madrid. Until now, the center has not commented on this matter. “She prepared end of the year festivals and was very involved in this school”. Asked about Marta’s age back then, they calculate that she could have been around 40 years-old, but it is difficult to know “because ballerinas don’t typically have marks on their faces”.
When the former student saw the viral video that provoked this investigation, she didn’t doubt it: “I recognized her immediately. I said ‘but if it is her, it is Marta…’. Her arms and hands are the same. That elegance, you know? When I was young she seemed ethereal. When she walked, when she moved. Also she was a woman with a very strong character. She was not hard, she was demanding, which is not the same”.
“I believe that she had a very human side. Looking at the past with adult eyes I think that maybe there was something in her life that was painful and that makes you have a protective attitude or caution with respect to others. I was a young girl, so for me she was like a fairy… an impossible… a dream, she represented a dream“.
The woman on the other end of the telephone explains what could well be the plot of the film “Black Swan”: “The people who dedicate themselves to classical dance are those with a lot of character and sometimes difficult to understand. You don’t have a body for dance, you can have conditions. You have a flexibility, an elegance, a body, an ear, etc. But a body like yours or whoever’s is not created to dance. You have to change it, most of all for classical dance. This makes it so that from a very young age you have to get used to physical pain, an ironclad discipline, a huge competitiveness, and no mercy… all of this can accentuate a certain character”.