Cobalto. Nacho Duato
CND ARCHIVE NACHO DUATO REPERTOIRE 90/10
- Choreography: Nacho Duato
- Music: Pedro Alcalde / Sergio Caballero (organ player: Juan de la Rubia; Blancafort organ at the Church of Collbató)
- Sets: Nacho Duato
- Costumes: Lydia Delgado
- Lighting Design: Brad Fields
- Absolute premiere by the Compañía Nacional de Danza at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, on 20 March 2009.
Cobalto is a reflection on erotism. Duato approaches the subject from an oneiric point of view, submerging himself in the world of erotic dreams. The piece is created for ten dancers. Once more, Duato grants the music a primordial importance in his creations and, in Cobalto, he again resorts to his usual composers, Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero. Cobalto is a piece composed for a single instrument, the organ.The music was recorded at the church of Collbató on a Blancafort organ, by the organ player Juan de la Rubia.
Duato also has the lighting designer Brad Fields on his artistic team. He is the lighting director of the American Ballet Theater and a faithful collaborator in all his premieres for years. Another striking fist is the costume design by Lydia Delgado a fashion designer.
"It is like a colour (blue) an energy, but it belongs to the negative side and in its supreme purity it is, as one would say, a precious nothingness. Its effect is a mixture of excitation and serenity."
Goethe. "Theory of colours."
Blue is holy and pornographic, prudish and obscene. It is used in the English expression “blues”, understood as sad, but it is also like "verde", green in Spanish, means erotic or obscene. Cobalt blue is the maximum example of that bipolarity. Beautiful, arrogant and celestial, it conceals its mineral origin known as “flower of cobalt”, a mixture of cobalt arsenide and nickel that form a crystal on contact with the air. Toxic and poisonous due to its arsenic, it was christened the elf-blue that tormented miners, with the German name by which we know it: kobelt. Cobalt blue is, of all the colours, that of the unconscious history.
Born in Barcelona, he studied piano, flute, violin and composition in his native city, in addition to graduating in Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. He studied orchestral conducting at Columbia University of New York, where he was awarded the Master of Arts. In 1984, he was the prize winner of the international competition for orchestra conductors held at Bad-Wiessee, Germany. That same year, he conducted Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Horace Mann Auditorium in New York. In 1988, he obtained his Doctorate in Musicology and Philosophy at the Freie Universität of Berlin. He then studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik of Vienna with Professor Karl Österreicher. He worked as second conductor for the Vienna Opera. In 1990, he was assistant conductor at the Vienna Philharmonic and, from 1991 to 1996 of the Berlin Philharmonic with Claudio Abbado.
Pedro Alcalde has conducted numerous orchestras such as those of Madrid, Barcelona, Bologna, Ferrara, Rome, New York, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Osaka, etc. In 1996, he began a series of experimental recordings at the Radio of Berlín (SFB) with the last piano sonatas by Beethoven and the last compositions for piano by Gyorgy Kurtág. He has performed works by key contemporary composers such as Sotelo, Goyette, Kurtág, Rihm or Nono. Works by Alberto Iglesias he has conducted, in addition to the ballet Self with choreography by Nacho Duato, have included the music to the film by John Malkovich, The Dancer Upstairs.
Since 1998, he has regularly collaborated as conductor with Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza; as composer, he has worked with Sergio Caballero to produce the music of the choreographies for Herrumbre (2004), Diecisiete (2005), Alas (2006) and Hevel (2007).
Born in Barcelona in 1985, he created the group Los Rinos with Marcel.lí Antúnez and Pau Nubiola, with which he performs actions, performances and theatre under a common name: the provocative, wild humour of impossible stories.
Music and multidisciplinary artist, in 1987 he founded the musical group Jumo with Enric Les Palau, with whom he composed pieces for dance and theatre. In 1989 he produced the exhibition Sergio Caballero famous worldwide, a reflection and scepticism, on authorship of the work of art.
Since 1994, he has been the Co-Director of the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art Sónar.
She was born in Barcelona. Her first contacts with the world of art go back to her youthful years as a ballerina at the Gran Teatro de Opera del Liceu. She entered the fashion world after a chance meeting with the designer Antonio Miró, with whom she collaborated for some time at his creative workshop before beginning her own career. In 1989, the designer opened her own atelier at calle Minerva in the city centre, an intimate setting with its own personality and reminiscences of haute couture. A short time later, she inaugurated her shop in Barcelona, coinciding with her 1991 fashion show presentation on the Pasarela Gaudí.
Her first collections are couture creations elaborated with patience and emotion, in which one may see a continual search for artistic expression.
In 1997, Lydia Delgado launched her pret a porter line on the market as a more affordable proposal, although without renouncing her commitment to careful, perfectionist work. Her garments suggest daring combinations that are not lacking in irony, that seek to provoke a different way of looking at oneself and reality.
In 2000, Lydia presented her collection for brides, a striking, avant garde proposal, at the Royal Palace of Pedralbes.
A year later, Pronovias entered into a licensing agreement with Lydia Delgado for worldwide distribution of the Lydia Delgado Brides collections.
In 2004, Lydia Delgado inaugurated her shop in Madrid, in the central Salamanca neighbourhood.
Lydia Delgado is now a consecrated figure on the national fashion scene. Her exclusive world has an distinguishable identity of its own, the result of personal perseverance to conserve her original values over the years: passion for quality, artistic creativity, visual strength, a weakness for details and elegance without ostentation.
Prizes and recognitions:
- Marie Claire fashion prize 2007
- Antonio Gaudi Gold Medal 2003
- European Citizen Prize2003
- T de Telva for the best Spanish designer 2000
- Entrepreneurial Woman prize (FIDEM) 1999
- Silver T de Telva 1998
Born in North Carolina (USA), Brad Fields is a usual collaborator with Nacho Duato. He has created lighting designs for the Compañía Nacional de Danza to use in Alas, Arcangelo, Multiplicidad: Formas de Silencio y Vacío, Diecisiete, Sueños de Éter, Gilded Goldbergs, Herrumbre, Ofrenda de Sombras, Remanso,Without Words and Hevel.
He is the Lighting Director of the American Ballet Theater for which he has created, among others, the lighting designs for Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardée, Glow-Stop and Within You Without You: a tribute to George Harrison.
Other past designs by him are the Don Quixote by Balanchine for the National Ballet of Canada and the Suzanne Farrel Ballet, Follia by Nicolo Fonte and Rite of Spring for the Göteborg Opera Ballet and the Bayadére by Natalia Makarova for the Australian Ballet. He has designed for the Ballet Argentina, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Lewitzky Dance Company, Ballet de la Ópera de Lyon, Netherlands Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet.