Nacho Duato

Empty is an empty space full of forms. Against a varied musical collage, the images follow each other without apparent relation between arguments.

  • World premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at the Teatro Albéniz, Madrid (Spain), April 5th 1991

To achieve this, a mixture of dance resourses is used in an eclectic way with the sole purpose of creating sensations. Thus, the empty space is gradually filled with images and forms, in the same way as a wall is covered with graffitis. In this ballet we become aware, in a spontaneous way, of the impact of the images through sensuality, without getting as far as understanding the reason of things: what appears as significant may well be a mere trifle, whilst small details may be replete with value.


  • Choreography:
    Nacho Duato
  • Music:
    Izumi Kobayashi, Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Sculthorpe, Ravi Shankar, Istvan Marta, Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Set Design:
    Nacho Duato
  • Costume Design:
    Nacho Duato (with the collaboration of Ismael Aznar)
  • Lighting Design:
    Edward Effron
  • Running time:
    32 minutes
  • Premiere cast:
    Mar Baudesson, Hans Tino (I: Izumi Kobayashi), Anabel Álvaro, Mireia Bombardó, María Luisa Delgado, Belén Moreno, Esther Oliva, José Manuel Armas, Eduardo Castro, Antonio Fernández, José Martínez, César Audusto Moniz, Fernando Navajas (II: Philip Glass), Luis Martín Oya, José Antonio Quiroga, África Guzmán y Raúl Tino (III: Jimi Hendrix), África Guzmán, Esther Oliva, Mar Baudesson (III: Peter Sculthorpe), Catherine Allard, Ángel Rodríguez (IV: Ravi Shankar), Mireia Bombardó, María Luisa Delgado, África Guzmán, Belén Moreno, Esther Oliva, Yoko Taira, José Manuel Armas, Antonio Fernández, Luis Martín Oya, César Augusto Móniz, José Antonio Quiroga y Raúl Tino (V: Izumi Kobayashi), Mar Baudesson y Hans Tino (VI: Istvan Marta) , todos los chicos (VII: Camille Saint-Saëns)