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.


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