La Compañía Nacional de Danza - A Much Awaited Return
It’s a moment that many have been waiting for – and are curious about – ballet companies performing again. Spanish audiences are in for a treat as their national ballet company, La Compañía Nacional de Danza begins their 2020-2021 season with a mixed program to be performed in Granada and Madrid as part of open-air festivals in both cities.
The program features what appears to be small cast works, one assumes in the effort to minimize close contact in this age of social distancing. It has been curated in dedication to all of the professionals who have been on the front line fighting during this COVID-19 crisis.
FLOWER FESTIVAL IN GENZANO (August Bournonville)
This ballet is rarely performed in its entirety and all things considered, it is most likely the famous pas de deux that will be presented for this program. The lighthearted dance between two young lovers is based on Impressions de voyage, a tale by Alexandre Dumas, and highlights playful footwork and musicality.
LOVE FEAR LOSS (Ricardo Amarante)
The Brazilian choreographer’s work is inspired by the life of Edith Piaf and is fittingly set to her music. The ballet arcs from the personal loves and losses experienced by the French singer. The video below is set to start in order to see an excerpt of the piece.
A SUITE OF DANCES (Jerome Robbins)
Also gracing the stage is Artistic Director Joaquín de Luz in a solo probably most associated with Mikhail Baryshnikov. The ballet has been danced by a roster of great male dancers and carries us through his wit and emotion set to four movements from Bach’s 6 Suites for Solo Cello.
ARRIAGA (Mar Aguiló, Pino Alosa, Joaquín De Luz)
Closing is a new collaborative work set to music by – and in honor of – Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, a young 19th century Spanish composer. The choreography was created keeping in mind the labor protocols set by the government during the strict confinement in Spain; therefore being that some of the dancers were living together, the piece incorporates several pas de deux.Tickets for La Compañía Nacional de DanzaJuly 22, 2020 Festival de Granada, GranadaJuly 29 – August 2, 2020 Veranos de la Villa, Madrid