In Paradisum

Antonio Ruz

Antonio Ruz, National Dance Prize 2018, presents his first original creation for the Compañía Nacional de Danza.

In June last year, he experimented with the CND's dancers through a Choreographic Workshop called The Lab, sharing his vision and trust with our artists. That experience planted the seed of In Paradisum.




  • World premiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza premiere at Teatros del Canal. Madrid (Spain), April 8th, 2021

Since ancient times, human beings have sought collective mechanisms and rituals to transcend the mundane and have felt, as individuals, the need to feel part of a whole. In the past, we had religious masses, cults, pilgrimages and pagan celebrations. Today we perhaps try to fill that gap with music festivals, concerts or raves. In short, we turn to collective experiences that congregate thousands of people with a common experience around music and the body. Rather than a place, can we say Paradise is more a mental and physical state?

As a kind of time travel, In Paradisum proposes a dialogue between religious music and pop music, the sacred and the mundane, the collective and the individual. A human reflection on the concept and search for spirituality in our time. A stage ritual filled with movement, rhythm, subtlety, emotion and energy.

The dance, as an expressive vehicle and a primitive language, is conveyed through different solos, pas a deux and group choreographies. It created upon and projected through the different voices and choral tones of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 -1611), one of the most relevant and advanced composers of his time. With an innovative style whose influence continues to this day, his music pushed beyond the bounds of the Renaissance with all its balance and purity, to usher in the intense dramatic quality of the Barroque expression. With the desire to bring back Spanish musical heritage, this creation pays the first ever tribute in dance to this brilliant composer.
The piece encompasses an original aesthetic concepts, inspired in the colour pallete of the painter El Greco’s, a contemporary of Tomas Luis de Victoria. The visionary intensity of his paintings evokes human transcendance and the divine; a holy madness between the Earthly and the celestial.

Dance, art and music join in In Paradisum, a polyphonic dance.



  • Choreography:
    Antonio Ruz
  • Original Idea:
    Pablo Martín Caminero and Antonio Ruz
  • Music:
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, "Officium defunctorum", La Grande Chapelle / Albert Recasens, Schola Antiqua / Juan Carlos Asensio (Lauda LAU020) y original de Pablo Martín Caminero
  • Stage Design:
    Paco Azorín
  • Costume Design:
    Rosa García Andújar
  • Lighting design:
    Olga García (AAI)
  • Dramaturgy:
    Rosabel Huguet
  • Director assistant:
    Lucía Bernardo
  • Assistant to Costume Designer:
    Lucía Celis
  • Set Construction:
    Mambo Decorados, Gerriets España
  • Wardrobe:
    D´Inzillo Sweet Mode
  • Duration:
    35 minutos