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Manos Blancas Choir receives praise for participation in Coldplay video

Spanish actress María Valverde, wife of Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, expressed her pride in the recent achievements of the Manos Blancas Choir. The ensemble of performers with hearing impairments from the Venezuelan Choir and Orchestra System currently stands out in the most recent video by the British band Coldplay.

“I have no words to express my gratitude, my pride and my admiration. Thank you, Coro de Manos Blancas and El Sistema for letting me be by your side during these two unforgettable years where I have been able to experience your growth very closely. I feel deeply happy for all of you,” said the interpreter, who debuted as a director with the documentary 'El canto de las manos', still to be released and focused on the aforementioned group.

“Thank you Chris (Martin, frontman of Coldplay), Natasha Ofili (actress) and the entire Coldplay team for believing in them to accompany you on this fascinating journey, #feelslikeimfallinginlove, and thus multiplying, together, the transformative message of art,” he highlighted. followed by the artist of films such as 'Libertador' (Alberto Arvelo, 2013), 'Guernica' (Koldo Serra, 2016) and 'Fueimos songs' (Juana Macías, Netflix; 2021).

In Greece

The video for 'Feelslikeimfallinginlove' (Feels Like I'm Falling in Love; I feel like I'm falling in love) debuted on July 1 on digital platforms and to date, has accumulated more than three million views on YouTube. The song in the clip is part of Coldplay's tenth studio album, titled 'Moon Music', which will hit digital platforms on October 4.

The audiovisual, in an elegant black and white, was directed by Ben Mor, who previously worked with the band on the video for “Hymn For The Weekend”, which highlights the participation of Beyoncé.

The clip was filmed in Athens, Greece, at the odeon of Herod Atticus, where the group performed in front of an audience of fans invited through the band's social media channels. Actress, writer and storyteller Natasha Ofili, who uses her own interpretation of American Sign Language for 'feelslikeimfallinginlove'. She serves as narrator in the clip, accompanied by members of the Gestural section (with hearing impairment) of the Manos Blancas Choir, the group líder of the Special Education Program (PEE) of the System.

Gustavo Dudamel and María Valverde during the filming of the video clip in Athens. Courtesy Instagram @soylavalverde

Connection between artists

“Teaching the Manos Blancas Choir the choreography of the song was phenomenal, because we share a connection as deaf people. Deaf artists working alongside other deaf artists, which is crucial because when they see someone like me they start to believe that they can become that too. My creative experience, how I empowered the choir to lead and also their passion, was what created this artistically beautiful visual choreography, and it was very powerful,” he commented.
Natasha Ofili on her work with the Venezuelan ensemble.

"Beautiful"; "This is incredible! I've never seen such a beautiful example of inclusivity in a music video. I am speechless. A huge thank you to the entire team who put this all together, for uplifting the disability community as a whole. Our flag flies immensely high”; “But how wonderful is this? Possibly the most beautiful video clip of the band”; and It's not just a video, it's a MESSAGE. We live in a beautiful world surrounded by inspired people. Our goal is to discover its hidden beauty. Thank you, Coldplay for continuing to show us this beauty in many simple everyday things! These are some of the messages they left for the London group on Instagram.

Instagram @corodemanosblancasoficial

Pride and excitement

Likewise, many Venezuelan Internet users were moved by the achievement of the Manos Blancas Choir. "Pride"; “Without words, emotion overcomes me”; and “Deeply moved and grateful to maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the band Coldplay for giving us this wonderful gift, for the beautiful message that the video transmits, for inclusion, for giving us an example that love, equality and unity are a fundamental basis for a more just world where peace is our goal. I cried with happiness when I saw the video,” they expressed on IG.

In relation to the documentary directed by María Valverde, it should be noted that it follows the lives of Jennifer, Gabriel and José, three disabled Venezuelan musicians who have to overcome various adversities to make Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' a reality in its first stage. staging in sign language, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

The film, which was filmed during a year between Caracas and Los Angeles, is expected to be presented soon at important film festivals.

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