Nacho Duato

Raptus, whose main characteristic lies in its passionate movements, it is set to the romantic and emotional Wesendonklieder songs by Richard Wagner.

  • World premiere by: Nederlands Dans Theater at AT&T Danstheater, Den Haag (Holland), October 20th 1988
  • Premiere by CND: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), November 22th 1996
Raptus 2 Carlos Cortés

These songs were inspired by the very intense, albeit hopeless, relationship between Wagner and Mary Wesendonk which was destined to be broken off. Even though the choreographer does not portray their conflict directly, the images and atmosphere created convey, without doubt, an evocative emotion. Walter Nobbe’s stage design plays and important role here. It consists of two large , thick moveable panels, one of whose sides is covered with reflecting material, and the other with images of the shoulders and head of a man and a woman.

The overall impression of Raptus is overwhelming, with uncontrolled passions leading to destruction. It is a ballet endowed with enormous intensity, in terms of movement, emotion and staging.


  • Choregraphy:
    Nacho Duato
  • Music:
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Wesendonklieder
  • Set Design:
    Walter Nobbe
  • Costume Design:
    Nacho Duato
  • Lighting Design:
    Joop Caboort
  • Set made by:
    Gerardo Trotti Asociados
  • Costume made by:
    CND wardrobe
  • Hats:
    Agustí Yebra
  • Running time:
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Emmanuelle Berard, Nacho Duato, Thomas Klein, José Manuel Armas, Niccolo Fonte, Cristina Hortigüela, Ivano Rossetti