Art and In Paradisum

In Paradisum, Antonio Ruz’s latest creation for the Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain) is inspired by the Spanish painter El Greco’s colour palette for the costume design, lighting design and also on the dancer’s movements and figures. The composition’s verticality and height, along with the dark and ocre colour tones with strokes of red, white, blue and green are reflected in the choreography.

Moreover, the piece also recalls other painters, mainly being from the Renaissance and Baroque period. We can appreciate Caravaggio’s characteristic chiaroscuro technique; the dynamic lines of the body’s posture, often resembling the descent of the cross in Raffaelo’s and Caracciolo’s works; the perspective Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Dalí, or even Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr mythological creatures’ fluid movements.

Next, a series of examples of paintings beside In Paradisum’s photographies by Alba Muriel.


Many of these images have become the source of inspiration for Ruz to talk about the individual against the collective, the divine against the mundane and the sacred music in contraposition to the popular one. This section has been ellaborated by our collaborator Sandra Cadenas, ellaborated by our collaborator Sandra Cadenas, graduated in Fine Arts by the University of the Basque Country and who combines her artistic production with cultural management in the CND’s Communication Department.