Mar Aguiló, Pino Alosa, Joaquín De Luz

With this choreography the CND wishes to transmit the emotions of returning to listening to music, of resonating with it and enjoying it through movement.

  • Absolute premiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) in the Generalife Theatre, Granada Festival (Spain), 22 July 2020.

The Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) debuted a choreography with music by the city of Bilbao’s Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, considered the Iberian peninsula’s leading exponent of the late-classical music movement. Commissioned by the Festival de Granada, the piece is a tribute to the composer and to the work he produced in his short but prolific life.
The music chosen for this choreography comprises Arriaga’s three string quartets of 1824, published by Ph. Petit and highly admired both by his maestro, Fétis, and by the public at large. As Fétis said in his own book, Biographie universelle des musiciens et biographie générale de la Musique (1834, re-published en 1860), Arriaga possessed “the gift of invention and the most complete aptitude for all the difficulties of his art,” adding “it is impossible to imagine anything more original, more elegant, or more purely and correctly written than these quartets.” The instruments for the piece are two violins, one viola and one cello. The pieces are:

ü Quartet No. 1 in D minor: III. Menuetto: Allegro-Trio: Più moderato
ü Tema Variado Op. 17: Andante, Variation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Variation Largo
ü Cuarteto No. 1 D Minor: II. Adagio con espressione
ü Cuarteto No. 1 D Minor: IV. Adagio-Allegretto

The central axis of the choreography is the repetition of a melody, as a leitmotiv, taking on different shapes, rhythms and keys. This allows the music to adopt different styles as it drives forward from a classical and neoclassical idiom to arrive at an idiom of contemporary movement.


Mar Aguiló

She was born in Palma de Mallorca, where she started her classical and contemporary dance studies. In 2005, she joined the “Ecole atelier Rudra Bejart”, a school run by the choreographer Maruice Béjart Lausanne and where she coimpleted her training. In 2007, she joined CND2, under the artistic direction of Tony Fabre (a part of the Compañía Nacional de Danza directed by Nacho Duato). In September 2010, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza.

She started out with the CND performing main roles—such as Cor Perdut and Arcangelo by Nacho Duato or Artifact by William Forsythe—and has worked with renowned choreographers including Ek, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Marcos Morau, Johan Inger and Iván Pérez, both in creations and in repertoire.

In 2018, she graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila, her final graduation work being the creation of a contemporary dance piece: Océano Mujer. In recent years, she has begun to further develop this choreographic facet for the CND in pieces such as: For Now in a Liquid Days, Jóvenes creadores CND, with its absolute premier in Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum; Francine, a solo within Home, Hotel Room, a piece created for the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and Afterlove, for International Music Day.

She has also collaborated as movement director, choreographer and dancer with artists from different disciplines, such as James Mountford, Cortana, Mana or the Korsia dance company.

As well as her continued role within the CND, she is also creative director of ELAMOR, both producing own-creations and collaborating with numerous interdisciplinary projects, including: Prólogo-Botánico, Equilibrio.Prado—an audiovisual project for the Prado Museum and with CND dancers—or E gira tutto intorno alla stanza, a collaboration with the artist Bernat Daviu for Madrid’s CaixaForum.


  • Choreography:
    Mar Aguiló, Pino Alosa and Joaquín De Luz
  • Music:
    Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
  • Style consultant:
    Andrea Pimentel
  • Lighting design:
    Mar Aguiló, Pino Alosa and Joaquín De Luz (in collaboration with the CND’s lighting team)
  • Fabric treatment and dyes:
    María Calderón
  • Duration:
    30 minutes