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09 April 2017 (Sun), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Modern Ballet Without Words. Duende. White Darkness (triple bill by Nacho Duato)

Schedule for Without Words. Duende. White Darkness (triple bill by Nacho Duato) 2018

Choreography: Nacho Duato

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Without Words

Choreography: Nacho Duato
Sets and Costumes: Nacho Duato
Light Design: Brad Fields (based on the original idea of Nacho Duato)
Choreographer's Assistants: Thomas Klein, Gentian Doda

World première: American Ballet Theater at the City Center in New York, 29 October 1998
Russian première: Mikhailovsky Theatre, 15 March 2011

Without Words is Nacho Duato’s second work for the prestigious American Ballet Theater company. The title refers to Schubert’s songs scores, which are instrumental music, music without words. As in the songs, the choreographer strips the dancing of any evident romantic atmosphere. Love and death appear as the central subjects derived from the music. A new world, with all its possibilities, is revealed in a dark existential scenographic space typical of the 20th century. Duato shows a universal vital cycle in all its spontaneity, free of unnecessary alignments and ornaments. 

Choreography: Nacho Duato
Costumes: Susan Unger
Lighting Design: Nicolas Fischtel
Choreographer's Assistants: Tony Fabre, Eva Maria Lopez Crevillen

World première: Nederlands Dans Theater at the AT&T Danstheater, The Hague, 21 November 1991
Russian première: Mikhailovsky Theatre, 15 March 2011

Duato’s ‘ideas’ for choreography are almost always preceded by his choice of music, which characterises his working method. Maybe this applies to Duende in particular, because the music was the only source of inspiration for this ballet. Long ago, Duato fell in love with Debussy, especially with the way the composer makes nature sound in music. When he listens to this music, Duato visualises shapes, not people, relationships or events. This is why he considers Duende as an almost sculptural work: a body, a movement, that goes with the tune.

Duende literally means elf or fairy, like the ones who tidy upchildren’s toys at night, but it can also mean rascal, a naughty child. One can also possess ‘duende’, when radiating energy and great charm, almost having a magical attraction. In Andalusia flamenco is said to have duende, which can hardly be translated into another language. Flamenco has a touch of spell, one might say, like the way black music has ‘soul’

White Darkness

Choreography: Nacho Duato

World premiere: 2001, Madrid

Schedule for Without Words. Duende. White Darkness (triple bill by Nacho Duato) 2018

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