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Nightsongs. Patrick de Bana 1998


Dance Picture. Nightsongs - Patrick de Bana
  • Choreography: Patrick de Bana
  • Music: Arvo Pärt and Alberto Iglesias
  • Sets: Patrick de Bana
  • Costumes: Patrick de Bana (with the collaboration of Ismael Aznar)
  • Light Design: Patrick de Bana (with the collaboration of Nicolás Fischtel)
  • Voice: Emmanuelle Broncin
  • Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de Madrid, June 5th, 1998.

Patrick Bana's main source of inspiration to create Nightsongs was a folkloric Arabic poem. Love, sadness, hate, madness, they all are emotional branches of our vital experience, which builds relationships between us and others: our friends, our lovers... However, we start and end in loneliness. And it is there where we find our truth, the one that we come from, the one that we are heading to. This way, the circle of life closes with logic and harmony. It does not matter how energetic or intense life may have been; in the end, we find our essence, the purity that we had when we were born.

Kelmady. Patrick de Bana 1999


Dance Picture. Kelmady - Patrick de Bana
  • Choreography: Patrick de Bana
  • Music: Traditional arabian
  • Sets: Patrick de Bana
  • Costumes: Amparo Utrilla (in collaboration with Looking-Shocking and Ismael Aznar)
  • Light Design: Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.) (over Patrick de Bana´s an original idea).
  • World premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de Madrid, on june 30, 1999.

This ballet was inspired by all those people who continue waiting for somebody who never arrives at the assigned time. This attitude of hope, this desire expanded in time, steady and serene, even though days have passed by and the awaited meeting has not occurred this is to what De Bana dedicates his creation. The choreography reproduces the cyclical character of this waiting. He provides this waiting with a closed and complete sense.

Kelmandy, de Bana´s second work for the Compañía Nacional de Danza, comes to consolidate the future of this young creator within the current choreographic scene.

Bella Domna. Patrick de Bana 2000

Bella Domna. Patrick de Bana
  • Choreography: Patrick de Bana
  • Music: Galician music from XII and XIV centuries
  • Costumes: Amparo Utrilla (in collaboration with Ismael Aznar)
  • Light Design: Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • World premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de Madrid, on March 30th, 2000.

De Bana was inspired once again by the melancholic verses of the poet Neruda again to go deep inside the human being and try to understand his most hidden side: the wild and primitive forces that dominate our impulses. He looks into the response that this innate instinct produces in extreme situations, a response that sometimes may be violent and visceral, but which is, in the end, more true to our nature. Hatred, love, joy and pain are universal feelings that cannot be limited by borders, or bow to convention.

The movement is free and wild, provoking a violent energy that nourishes its desire for freedom. The hidden beauty and the harmony of all that is real and in communion with being impose themselves, catching in a circle the energy that comes from the dance and the music. Energy that will float in the air after the dance has ended. An energy that will remain floating in the air even after the dance has finished.

“Il faut beaucoupd’amour ou de haine pour se liberer d’une obsession”

“You need a lot of love or a lot of hate to free yourself from an obsession”


Portrait Patrick de BanaDe padre camerunés y madre alemana, nació en Hamburgo, donde comenzó sus estudios de ballet clásico en la Escuela del Ballet de Hamburgo con Truman Finney -entonces director de la escuela y maestro de baile de la propia compañía- . En 1987 se graduó, e ingresó en el Ballet Bejart Lausanne bailando numerosas creaciones de Maurice Béjart como bailarín principal. En abril de 1992 ingresó en la Compañía Nacional de Danzacomo bailarín principal invitado, en la cual ha permanecido hasta la fecha bailando numerosos trabajos de Nacho Duato, así como de otros coreógrafos de prestigio internacional como son: Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, etc...
Ha creado cinco ballets para el Taller Coreográfico de la Compañía Nacional de Danza: Everyone´s Angel (música de Dead Can Dance, Real World), Ashkhabad (música de Houria Aichï), Barzakh (música de Santor), Silent Dreams y Ramla. Nightsongs (1998), con música de Arvo Pärt y Alberto Iglesias, Kelmady (1999) y Bella Domna (2000) han sido sus tres colaboraciones para la Compañía Nacional de Danza. Maktüb es su estreno como coreógrafo para la Compañía Nacional de Danza 2.


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