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Spanish Steps

 
 

Compañía Nacional de Danza @the Guggenheim

   

 

Fusion in dance, when done brilliantly, can produce powerful works that take the best of two or more separate influences to form something ecstatic and new.  Nacho Duato, the director of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, has created a unique style that combines classical ballet with contemporary technique and traditional Spanish music.  A chance to see the company on their 20th anniversary tour, when they stop to perform at the Guggenheim on May 17th. 

 

Duato trained with Jiri Kilian at the Nederlands Dans Theater and then took over the Compañía in 1990.  He cut the company down to 35 dancers and within a few short years created a vibrant repertory.  His dances have been included in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street, and San Francisco Ballet.  In one of Duato’s most powerful pieces Por Vos Muero, six couples come together, whirl around and part again.  The dance, set to 15th and 16th century Spanish music, symbolizes the interplay between barbarity and civilization.  In other pieces, Duato incorporates lesser-known aspects of Spanish culture, such as the music of renowned Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera.  In Rassemblement, Duato sets a powerful duet to a modern idiom and Haitian music by Toto Bissainthe. Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness is a stirring evening-length piece inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s life and work.

 

At the Guggenheim next month a wonderful opportunity to see the company; excerpts from the repertory will be performed, followed by a discussion with Duato himself.

 

Explore: Compañía Nacional de Danza

 

Buy: Tickets for the show at the Guggenheim

 

 

Tags: dance  museums  spain

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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