(...) We were surprised by all kinds of fine and subtle variations that Belén Cabanes managed to extract from her tiny percussions … WILLIAM BIARD. SUD-OEST 10/27/98.
Udaeta, always with refined movements, was supported by Belen Cabanes, who throughout the recital met the Maestro's expectations and who demonstrated her personal value (...) ALFONS HEREU I RUAX.
(...) His piece "por tarantos", which Belén Cabanes embellished with her hands and body, driving the audience crazy. ALFONS HEREU I RUAX.
Every time the expressive nuances were added to the gestural and sonorous force that came out of her castanets, pictures of unspeakable charm were drawn. KLAUS ALBRECHT. NRZ ESSEN.
We were able to enjoy Belén's dance, from her Spanish dance to her flamenco dialogue between feet and castanets with José and a long standing ovation to the artists. MARJOLEEN VAN DER MEER. THE VANGUARD 06/24/00.
Il flamenco di covvolgente, fascinating, very elegant sinuosity of the Cabanes, magnificent danzactrize. SARA PATERA. GIORNALE DI SICILIA 11/18/00.
(...) The technical mastery of the use of castanets and the strong expressive sensuality of Cabanes’ figures (...) PIPPO ARDINI. LA SICILY 11/22/00.
Belén Cabanes, a young and extraordinary dancer - bailaora and prodigious castanetist who gives an accurate and exquisite reply to José. MIGUEL GARCÍA ORTIZ. DIARY OF BURGOS 04/03/02.
The actress-dancer, one of the very best, shows her temperament and with her way of dancing and her expression, she fools the audience with her great personality. ULRIKE BREIT NEUE VORARLBERGER TANGESZEITUNG DORNBIRN.AUSTRIA.9 / 6/003.
Belén Cabanes uses both the traditional and the contemporary and her way of dancing and performing can only be summarized by saying: it is always Belén, always impressive. CHRISTA DIETRICH VORARLBERGER NACHRICHTEN. 6/9/2003
A suspense, full of energy and joy, filled the audience's minds. The change of slow music, good voice and a lot of temperament was explosive with Cabane's dance. SÜDDEUTSCHE-ZEITUNG-REGION-FREISING MATTHIAS VOGEL. 6/10/2003
The interpretive strength of the bailaora Belén Cabanes makes you stay with her once you have had the chance to see her on stage. "FOR THE DANCE" MADRID M.L.C. JANUARY 2004
The dancer-bailaora, according to the demands of the music sheet, displayed sensual arms, accurate footwork and a touch of warm and precise castanets…. OVIEDO 03/26/06 MUSICAL CRITICISM Court music MARIAN PIDAL
And finally, Belén Cabanes, with very well tuned, precise, light, stimulating castanets… The most humble and most difficult instrument in the world. Her body draws the music filling the emptiness and offering it at the same time. Pure magic. Mònica Planes Cap d'Estudis de l’Escola de Musica Freqüències. Diari de Vilanova, 10-25-2013
... With natural ease and modernist elegance Belen shelled a repertoire where the Joaquines (Malats, Rodrigo, Turina) had their share of “Seguidillas”. The previous contributions and explanations gave meaning to a show that grew to embroil the souls of all the audience. L’ECO of Sitges September 2020 Isidre Roset i Juan.
“Ivory and Wood”, by Joan Margarit - Miguel de Cervantes Award 2019
The castanets have the tired hardness of flamenco and the funerary shine of a blow on the table. The blow of bones and teeth. The warmth of the hand that gently picks them up and makes them hit with an orderly violence. Simple as a shovel handle, polished by so many hands, the powerful little tool evokes the complaint of fear with its toothless mouth opening and closing inside the hand. The sensuality of the duel, the rhythm without notes, without any melody. Shaken by the arms, the oldest instrument in the world remains inside the palm of the hand. Suddenly it hits hard, without any resonance, shoots, curses, concealed like a weapon ...
Joan Margarit Miguel de Cervantes Award 2019
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