Committed with Compañía Nacional de Danza
The bet of Loewe Foundation for dance has just crystallized in a collaboration with Compañía Nacional de Danza, directed by José Carlos Martínez. The Spanish group will have the support of the Loewe Foundation as an official sponsor and so, together, the two institutions will develop a program of divulgative and educational activities, among other initiatives. The Loewe Foundation will accompany CND in its growth and evolution, seeking to foster a greater presence of this art in society and impulse the interest of wider audience to get involved with a company that has already become the flagship of Spanish culture internationally.
CND has a history of more than three decades, along which has had as artistic directors Victor Ullate, Maria de Avila, Ray Barra, Maya Plisétskaya, Nacho Duato and Hervé Palito, and each gave the company a personal touch that caused each of these stages present very different repertoires and ensembles together. When Ballet Nacional Clásico was created originally, Victor Ullate pieces joined Maurice Béjart, Uwe Scholz... besides his own creations, while María de Ávila formed a varied repertoire of works by Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Glen Tetley, pas de deux from the classical tradition and invited the American Ray Barra to bring some of his choreography; later, in his time as director of the company, Barra increased the repertoire and even his version of The Nutcracker stepped on Spanish stages.
Behind him, the Russian ballerina Maia Plisetskaya took over the leadership of the Ballet del Teatro Lírico Nacional - La Zarzuela and pieces as Paquita, La fille mal gardée, Les Sylphides and The Four Temperaments were performed first by a Spanish company. It was precisely thanks to an invitation from Plisetskaya for setting his wonderful Sinfonia India when Nacho Duato returned to the national company- this time as a choreographer- after his fleeting time as a dancer in it, during the time of Ullate. Duato was named then artistic director, making from it the popular CN, internationally prestiged we all know, and incorporating a wide repertoire of its own choreography and other similar choreographers of his days -including the most important names of our century like Forsythe, Kyián, Ek, Naharin, etc) . After an amazing successfully period of twenty years, Hervé Palito-old member of his team- succeeded him for one more season.
In 2011, at the hands of José Carlos Martínez, CND began a new career which proposed-sometimes-the return of a varied repertoire and stylistic opening to allow the public to enjoy the entire dance without aesthetic or historical borders. Thus, the CND faces the challenge of completing a versatile cast, able to interpret pieces boldly diverse styles that fill our stages of tradition, academic dance, neoclassical and modern choreography, without forgetting also the contemporary creation-with special place for Spanish-and vanguard choreographers. Currently, the CND is composed of an artistic team that brings together 16 nationalities and in which 8 different languages are spoken, making each work a metaphor. After the official presentation of the CNDc-classical subdivision of the company at the Teatro Real in Madrid on March 14, in the presence of SM Queen Sofia, stylistic doors of the company have definitely opened and what was before project, now revealed as true before our very eyes. The participation of dancers Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino, and pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo as guest artists have contributed to hugely incentivate the interest that awakened this representation.
It is in this context of creative openness and respectful execution in which the Loewe Foundation has wanted to share dreams and projects with a collaboration that has already been confirmed for the next three years; Loewe, as an official sponsor of the CND, support their performances and assemblies accompanying the touring company in and out of Spain.
The link between the Loewe Foundation and the National Dance Company has brought to both entities to recognize in the other the same desires and motivations, and have already begun working together in the climate of confidence that a project of this nature deserves.