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Tabulae. Nacho Duato


Tabulae de nacho Duato. Bailarina: Luisa María Arias
  • Choreography: Nacho Duato 
  • Music: Alberto Iglesias 
  • Costumes: Nacho Duato, in collaboration with  Ismael Aznar 
  • Sets: Nacho Duato 
  • Light Design: Nicolás Fischtel
  • World premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro Madrid, on April 14th, 1994 

  • “There were ghosts that returned to earth to hear his phrases / As he sat there reading, aloud, the great blue tabulae /They were those from the wilderness of stars that had expected more /“There it was, word for word, / The poem that took the place of a mountain” Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems 

  • Although these poetic fragments were a starting point for this new ballet, something that inspired a mutual sentiment it also held true in our earlier collaboration Cautiva, which had left us hanging from that very point that allows us to name some concepts with the same name. Those points of clarity sketched the double nature of the first note and its evaporation in the movement. Later on, we took care of the mysterious play of alternations, which fix the poetic both in dance and in music. And so, from that moment on, each one invented his own way, and whilst one said ’to impulse’ the other  said ’to increase’; and if one said ’rotate’ the other would rather say ’hang from a point’. And in this way, the senses could be so crossed that in a board of equivalences ’to open’ would be ’to forget’, ’to close’ is ’to repeat’and ’nothing’ is ’nothing’. ’Obsession’ is ’obsession’ and ’fountain of silk’ is ’something which cannot be seen, but which achieves a command’. Those and others have been our terms. They remain hidden/submerged, in the same way that the city forgets its building and offers its streets or corners as though they had been built long ago.

  • Nacho Duato and Alberto Iglesias