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.  

The CND celebrates the International Dance Day in the Teatro Auditorio Ciudad de Alcobendas

The triple programme composed by In Paradisum, by Antonio Ruz (recently premiered at Teatros del Canal, Madrid), along with Remansos and White Darkness by Nacho Duato, celebrates the International Dance Day 2021. Below, this year's message, written by the German ballet dancer Friedemann VOGEL.  
Carmen (Johan Inger)

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Meet our dancers: Cristina Casa and Ion Agirretxe

Among our passionate roster of dancers, Cristina Casa has shared her thrilling style with the CND since 2015, when she first danced the role of Quinteria in . Don Quixotefor the Company. Her journey begins at the schools of María Larios and Africa Guzmán, later to move on to work in schools and companies abroad, such as the English National Ballet or the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Her track record, marked by her constancy, brings her the opportunity to join the CND, where, in 2017, she rises to the category of principal dancer. Ion Agirretxe, is a fighter; persevering and hard-working; characteristics that make him a great dancer. He starts out dancing the traditional dances of his homeland, the Basque Country, but later leaves to work in the Europa Dance company, in France. His career is forged at different companies at home and abroad, until joining the CND in 2016. His simplicity and capacity for work raise him to the category of solo dancer two years later. Together, this couple have imbued many a great stage with their complicity. Together, they have worked with and learned from the best choreographers. And together they have carried out projects jointly, guided by their love of dance and towards each other. Both humbly defend the need to pursue their dreams, a belief they transmit on a daily basis at the Compañía Nacional de Danza.
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Meet our dancers: Clara Maroto

Clara Maroto is a young dancer from Tarragona who at just 12 years old opted for dance moving to Madrid. She continued his training at the Professional Dance Conservatory Mariemma and in 2013 she joined the CND. Only two years later she got the role of Mercedes in Don Quijote Suite. After many other important roles, in 2020, she debuted with the role of Myrtha in Giselle, under the direction of Joaquín De Luz. And on March 11th, 2021, coinciding with his birthday and with the publication of this interview, she will perform again as the Wilis Queen at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo.
Haruhi Otani

Meet our dancers: Haruhi Otani

Haruhi Otani, a hard-working dancer and lover of Spanish culture and gastronomy, has brought the National Dance Company her joy since 2015. She began her professional ballet training in 2010 at the Sasaki Mika Ballet Academy in her country, Japan. Thanks to this, she participated in numerous international competitions that lead her to win great prizes; the most important, the opportunity to start working at the CND with José Carlos Martínez. Her ability to work daily and her way of enjoying herself on stage led her to be promoted in 2018 to the category of solo dancer, where she continues to this day giving us her energy and art.
Erez Ilan

Meet our dancers: Erez Ilan

Erez Ilan, a shy but passionate ballet dancer, has been a part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza’a (CND) dance team since 2008; an opportunity extended to him by Nacho Duato, then CND director. Starting at a very young age, Ilan trained at The School of Ice Skating and Ballet and at The Thelma-Yellin High School of Arts, both in his native Israel. At 18, he took the leap and crossed the Mediterranean to explore Europe and to work at the CND. His dedication and talent paid off, earning him a place as soloist in 2017, a role he holds to this day, marking both a personal triumph for himself and the CND directorship’s validation of his work.

In Paradisum’s creation starts

Antonio Ruz, choreographer and former dancer from the Compañía Nacional de Danza, returns to the CND to create his piece, In Paradisum.

Giselle’s costume fitting

Tulle, fabris, lace and embrouderies invaded our headquarters. Each day, Joaquín De Luz's vision of a Spanish Giselle comes more to life.

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Teatro de la Zarzuela 9th - 22nd December

World Ballet Day 2020

The Compañía Nacional de Danza joins for another year the celebration of the World Ballet Day With livestreams of classes and rehearsals during Thrusday, 29th of October, 2020.

CND on Pinterest

We launch a new season and we did not want to miss the chance to promote it on our social networks. We're back on Pinterest with the last performances. Don't miss a thing.

How is a ballet created? Arriaga

With the work of composer, and basque genius, Juan Crisístomo Arriaga as a parting point, we present Arriaga. A choreographic piece that features three voices, where our artistic director, Joaquín De Luz, was joined by Pino Alosa (associate artistic director) and company's dancer, Mar Aguiló, to create 30 minutes of magic.
Giada Rossi y Alessandro Riga Love Fear Loss

The New York Times features the CND’s comeback to the stage

Due to the importance of the medium -The New York Times- and the importance of the issue -coming back to the stage- we don't want to miss our chance of sharing with you today's article that feature us in one of the most influencial and emblematic papers in the world.

The Compañía Nacional de Danza opened the 2020 edition of Veranos de la Villa

The Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) premiered in Madrid a very special program, dedicated to the sanitary personnel, to open the  2020 edition of Veranos de la Villa this past 29th of July. The festival, organized by Madrid's City Hall, wanted to arise the value of the city as a cultural stage and meeting point for creator from all around the world. The CND, without a doubt, is one of those meeting spaces.

CND Capsules

Compañía Nacional de Danza, directed by por Joaquín De Luz presents Dance Capsules, described here after, with the purpose of approaching dance to society and making more than ever CND a meeting point for choreographers, dancers, musicians, ballet masters, playwrights, costume designers and plastic artists among others.

European Music Day

The INAEM has summoned all artistic units to unite the in an online event for the European Music Day that, like every year, is celebrated on the 21st of June. The CND will join this initiative with "Loss", extract from Love Fear Loss, by Ricardo Amarante, with music by Charles Dumont; and with Afterlove, by Mar Aguiló, original music by Aire - Daniel Sánchez Rodríguez.

Anatomy of a Dancer: Alessandro Riga

The lead principal dancer, Alessandro Riga, lets us rediscover him from a more personal perspective.

CND in Youtube

Ballets offered to be wachted online during four days, belong to CND's historical repertoire.