White Darkness

Nacho Duato

Nacho Duato’s work for the Compañía Nacional de Danza followed his creative development of those years.

  • World premiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain), November 16th 2001

The choreographer researched choreographic formulae through the movement and starting from a deep musical knowledge. These choreographic formulae enlarge his vocabulary departing always from the dancers’ potential expressiveness.

Karl Jenkins born in 1944, of a Welsh mother and Swedish father. At the age of six he started his piano studies encouraged by his father, a chorus director and organist. Later, at the age of eleven, he started to play the oboe and to work at the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He also studied composition at University of Wales at Cardiff, finishing his training in the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he specialized in playing the saxophone. He received awards for his oboe interpretations for jazz and as a multi-instrumentalist. Jenkins worked, amongst others, with Ronnie Scott and created Nucleus, winning the first prize of Montreal Jazz Festival, in 1972. Later, he joined Soft Machine. This group of the seventies’ played a wide range of styles (jazz, classic, rock and even minimalism). In April 1995, Jenkins published Adiemus – Songs of Sanctuary, an extensive work composed for voice, percussion and string, which was an unprecedented success in Europe and Japan.


  • Choreography:
    Nacho Duato
  • Music:
    Karl Jenkins (Adiemus Variations –Adiemus-Songs of Sanctuary-, String Quartet nº 2, Passacaglia)
  • Original editor:
    Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishing, London
  • Costume Design:
    Lourdes Frías
  • Set Design:
    Jaffar Chalabi
  • Lighting Design:
    Joop Caboort
  • Duration:
    24' 50''
  • Ballet Masters:
    Yoko Taira, Isaac Montllor
  • Premiere cast:
    Emmanuelle Broncin, Thomas Klein, Luisa María Arias, Luis Martín Oya, África Guzmán, Ivano Rossetti, Tamako Akiyama, Rafael Rivero, Ruth Maroto, Joel Toledo