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CND2 - Without Words. Nacho Duato


  • Without Words. Dance PartnersChoreography: Nacho Duato
  • Music: Franz Schubert
  • Sets and Costumes: Nacho Duato
  • Light Design: Brad Fields (based on the original idea of Nacho Duato)
  • Premiered by American Ballet Theater at City Center in New York, October 29th, 1998. Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, December 9th, 1998.

Without Words is Nacho Duato’s second work for the prestigious American Ballet Theater company. The title refers to Schubert’s songs scores, which are instrumental music, music without words. Mischa Malsky transcribed for cello the composition’s voices in a recording in which the pianist Daria Hovora also participated. As in the songs, the choreographer strips the dancing of any evident romantic atmosphere. Love and death appear as the central subjects derived from the music, but through Duato the work is presented with a contemporary contribution to the 19th century's obsession, so present in Schubert’s creations. A new world, with all its possibilities, is revealed in a dark existential scenographic space typical of the 20th century. Duato shows a universal vital cycle in all its spontaneity, free of unnecessary alignments and ornaments.

CND2 - Synaphai. Nacho Duato


Synaphai. Dance partner
  • Choreography: Amaury Lebrun
  • Music: Einstürzende Neubauten, Anouar Brahem, Ossur Johanessen, John Zorn, Melancholy Accordion, 16 Horsepower
  • Sets and costumes: Amaury Lebrun
  • Lighting Design: David Pérez
  • Premiered by the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 at Teatro de Madrid, on 4th February 2010

Ewes means water in Langue d’oil, an old French language.

The work arose “from a need to reflect on our world and its future. Water as life, flowing, grandness, strength, joy, purity …, but also as drought, luxury, sweat …”. Scarcity of water affects all continents and more than 40 per cent of the population on the planet. In the not too distant future, two thirds of the world population could find itself faced with a shortage of this liquid element.

If we do not have water, if it does not rain … Would water prices rise? Would it become such a luxury as champagne? What could one offer a thirsty person if there is no water?.

CND2 - Uccelli. Nacho Duato


Uccelli. Stage picture
  • Choreography: Nacho Duato
  • Music: Ottorino Respighi
  • Set design: Tom Schenk
  • Costumes: Tom Schenk
  • Lighting Design: Joop Caboort
  • Premiered by the Nederland Dans Theater II at the Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on the 21st of November 1985. Premiered by the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 at the Teatro de Madrid, on the 25th of May 2000.

Uccelli was inspired by the musically colourful piece Gli Uccelli by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, in five parts: the Prelude, The Dove, The Hen, The Nightingale and The Cuckoo.

This was one of Nacho Duato’s first pieces of work as a choreographer and was created for the Nederland Dans Theater II. Duato and the dancers from the Dutch company had just visited the zoo to observe the birds there. Nevertheless, Uccelli is in no way a study of the movements and behaviour of birds but rather looks at people who try to imitate them. The piece speaks of a group of dancers that find themselves by chance in a tailor's cutting room, where they discover a sack full of old clothes and start to dance, dressed in worn out tutus and ridiculous dinner jackets.

This is a flighty, fast and playful ballet with plenty of variation. Some parts are decidedly poetic, whilst others are fleeting and angular. The movement in the piece is often inspired by the behaviour of birds: the way that chickens scratch in the dirt, the graceful flight of a nightingale, the fluttering of doves and the typical movements of a cuckoo.

CND2 - Sinfonía India. Nacho Duato


Sinfonía India. Dancers group
  • Choreography: Nacho Duato
  • Music: Carlos Chávez (Sinfonía India, 1936)
  • Sets: Walter Nobbe
  • Costumes: Nacho Duato
  • Light Design: Nicolás Fischtel
  • World premiered by Nederlands Dans Theater at Circus Theater in Scheveningen, 7th June, 1984. Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, 8th October, 1987.

Sinfonía India is composed upon the play equally titled by the Mexican music composer Carlos Chávez, who had premiered it in 1936, conducting the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, in New York. Although Chávez, who passed away in 1978 at 79 years of age, belonged to the nacionalist school, he rarely used Mexican folklore elements in his compositions. Nevertheless, Sinfonía India, shows an exceptional display of autochthonous sounds especially in the field of percussion, originally written by Chávez for a group of Indian primitive instruments. The choreograph has maintained the folklore origins which inspired the musical score and has poured them into his ballet, neither in the structure nor in the movement, but in the generating idea of the work and more evidently in the scenography and costumes. "The ballet contains a reference to the ritual dance of of the Mexican indians - Duato explains-, in which a person was sacrificed and his heart was offered to the Sun. This reference appears in the ballet as something symbolic, abstract, as although movements shows an archaic air, the style is absolutely contemporary".

CND2 - Remansos. Nacho Duato


Remansos. One dancer
  • Choreography: Nacho Duato
  • Music: Enrique Granados
  • Sets and Costumes: Nacho Duato
  • Lighting: Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.) (Danza Oriental, Minueto, Danza Villanesca),
  • Brad Fields (Valses Poéticos)
  • First staged by the American Ballet Theater at the City Center of New York on November 5th 1997. Staged by the National Dance Company at the Theatre of Madrid, June 5th 1998.

Remansos, on the Poetic Waltzes of Granados, first staged in New York by the American Ballet Theater in November 1997, received the greatest praise from the specialist critics. Expressive strength, geometric lines, dynamic use of space and forms, were some of the remarks on the work by Duato. On the basis of that first version, the choreographer lengthened the work for Compañía Nacional de Danza, choreographing three of the most beautiful popular dances by the composer on this occasion to create this Remansos.

Set to the piano music by Enrique Granados and inspired by the world of Lorca, Remansos is an outpouring of ingenuity, continually flirting with the audience in its perspicacious movement.

Enrique Granados was born in Lérida on 27th July 1867. He studied piano in Barcelona and Paris. Throughout his life he was a composer, teacher and soloist. His works are mainly for the piano and vocal music. Even his earliest works show a new trend in Spanish music. Inclined toward popular tastes, all his music is of an exceptional quality and has an original style. Granados died young. The ship he was travelling in was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank. Although he managed to reach a lifeboat, he saw his wife drowning and jumped back into the sea: they both died.



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