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ANDORRA PROGRAM

Compañía Nacional de Danza

ANDORRA. Centre de Congressos

March 21st, 2015

Program:
Allegro Brillante. George Balanchine/ Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Three Preludes. Ben Stevenson/ Sergei Rachmaminoff
Raymonda Variations. José Carlos Martínez/ Alexander Glazunov
Minus 16. Ohad Naharin/ Collage * 
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Allegro Brillante

Choreography: George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust)
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 75
Costumes: Nanette Glushak and Miguel Crespi
Set design: Nanette Glushak
Lighting design: Nicolás Fischtel
Duration: 17 minutes

Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief (the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created) calls “an expansive Russian romanticism.” The music’s vigorous pace makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in seventeen minutes.” Tchaikovsky’s third piano concerto was originally written as a symphony, but as it was nearing completion, the composer, dissatisfied with it, converted the first movement into a concert piece for piano.
The performance of Allegro Brillante, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Three Preludes

Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lighting design: Nicolás Fischtel
Staging: Trinidad Vives
Duration: 16 minutes

The international award winning Three Preludes was created by Ben Stevenson in 1969 and is performed to selections of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Preludes. This popular work has been performed in the repertoires of many companies around the world, including The American Ballet Theater, The Paris Opera Ballet, and The Scala de Milano Ballet.
The gentle, loving pas de deux focuses on the characters of two dancers who fall in love while working in a dance studio. The three movements develop in both speed and intensity as the emotion between the dancers evolves into passion. Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes was awarded the Gold medal for choreography at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria in 1972.

Raymonda Variations

Choreography: José Carlos Martínez (Inspired by the Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev's versions)
Music: Alexander Glazunov
Costumes: Jordi Roig and Carmen Granell
Duration: 28 minutes
 
 
The ballet Raymonda (one of the last great works by Marius Petipa) takes place in three acts in a conventional Middle Ages. This Grand Pas Classique is an extract from the Act III: Raymonda and Jean de Brienne, are now married in the presence of the King of Hungary.
Just as the music takes on the exotic tones of Magyar themes, the classic steps are also adorned with Hungarian taste. While the legs dance in pure classic style, the bust and arms adopt the gestures of a character dance.

Minus 16

Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Music: Collage (*)
Costumes: Ohad Naharin
Light design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Staging: Shani Garfinkel and Shahar Biniamini
Duration: 32 minutes

Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed Gaga method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways. The work is unique for removing the barrier between performers and spectators. Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing. The piece has elements of unpredictability and fun that makes each performance of Minus 16 delightfully different.