Sinfonía india

Nacho Duato

"Sinfonía India" is composed upon the play equally titled by the Mexican music composer Carlos Chávez, who had premiered it in 1936, conducting the Columbia Bradcasting Symphony Orcherstra, in New York. Although Chávez, who passed away in 1978 at 79 years of age, belonged to the nacionalist school, he rarely used Mexican floklore elements in his compositions. Nevertheless, "Sinfonía India", shows an exceptional display of authochthonous sounds especially in the field of percussion, originally written by Chávez for a groupof Indian primitive instruments.

  • World premiere by: Nederlands Dans Theater at Circus Theatre de Scheveningen, Den Haag (Holland), June 7th 1984
  • Premiere by CND: at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (España), October 8th 1987
  • Premiere by CND2: at Palacio de Festivales Cantabria, Santander (Spain), February 13th 2001

The choreograph has maintained the flockore origins which inspired the musical score and has poured them into his ballet, neither in the structure nor in the movement, but in the generating idea of the work and more evidently in the scenography and costumes. “The ballet contains a reference to the ritual dance of of the Mexican indians – Duato explains-, in which a person was sacrified and his heart was offered to the Sun. This reference appears in the ballet as something symbolic, abstract, as although movements shows an archaic air, the style is absolutely contameporary”.

Musical Recording:
Orquesta Arbós
Conductor: Miguel Roa


  • Choreography:
    Nacho Duato
  • Music:
    Carlos Chávez (Sifonía India, 1936)
  • Musical recording:
    Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Miguel Roa (dirección)
  • Set design:
    Walter Nobbe
  • Costume Design:
    Nacho Duato
  • Lighting design:
    Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • Costume made by:
    CND wardrobe
  • Length:
    12 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Mabel Cabrera, Raúl Tino; Marta Castrillo, Hans Tino; Marta Álvarez, José Manuel Armas; María Luisa Delgado, José Martínez; Belén Moreno, Antonio Castilla
  • Premiere cast CND2:
    Raquel Rey, Rayco Cano, Lucía Barbadillo, Miguel Ángel Bolo, Lara Hernandorena, Isaac Montllor, Raquel Aguilera, Raúl Montes, Natalia Rook, Benoit Caussé