Nacho Duato

The txalaparta is a traditional percussion instrument of the Basque Country. It is composed of one or two wooden boards placed on two supports covered with an insulating material, The wood vibrates freely when struck by two people (txalapartarts) holding sticks, creating a beautiful sound. Unique and unrepeatable. Its origins date back to the ceremonies associated with cider preparation, from the times when artisans would strike the apples to extract their juice.

  • World premiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), May 18th 2001

This instrument, its sound, its forms, its textures, have inspired Nacho Duato in the creation Txalaparta and Jaffar Calabi in the scenographic concept. “Years ago I started dreaming about a project involving the txalaparta, a sensation that came from inside me, an internal calling, a movement that suggested energy. It was later, working with Igor ad Harkaltz, that the chance to create the Quercus Endorphina came about. Without a doubt, it is the most suggestive work I have been involved in so far. It also has a curing and communicative power that has enabled me to deepen my friendship with Oreka. And as if that weren’t enough, we have the chance to see how dance, wood, metal and stone come together to delight the public with the sounds and movements unknown to them thus far but which existed inside of them all along.
Eskerrik asko to Igor, Harkaltz and Nacho for making us vibrate, for making us feel the palpitation of the txalaparta
Kepa Junkera. Bilbao, 4 May.


  • Coreografía:
    Nacho Duato
  • Music:
    Kepa Junquera y Oreka Tx
  • Costume design:
    Nacho Duato
  • Set design:
    Jaffar Chalabi
  • Lighting design:
    Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • Costume made by:
    CND Wardrobe
  • Set made by:
    A.T.J. (Instalations and Assemble), Rubber-Seal, Cristina García González
  • Duration: