Dance Review: National Dance Company of Spain

This pristine group of refined dancers is allowed to perform invaluable repertoire just until the end of the year, before it completely changes its course.

By ORA BRAFMAN
March 27, 2011 21:49
1 minute read.
National Dance Company Spain

National Dance Company Spain 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Choreographer and artistic director Nacho Duato, who created the two-part work Multiplicity and Forms of Silence/Emptiness 12 years ago, is also responsible for turning the National Dance Company of Spain, into one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. Now, relieved of his post, this pristine group of refined dancers is allowed to perform his invaluable repertoire just until the end of the year, before it completely changes its course.

In that context, it was a double pleasure to see once more one of Duato's exquisite creations, a perfect showcase for his choreographic talents and the refined company that he nurtured for 20 years.

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Both parts of the evening were set to music by Johan Sebastian Bach. It was structured as a collage of short pieces streaming smoothly, following each other like a string of pearls. He managed to bring forward the multiple facets of the music, its moods and emotions, with his ingeniously rich vocabulary that is highly demanding, yet, seems effortless by his dancers.

As the evening moved along, the visual delights of the dances, the design of the set and the music crept under the skin and filled the body with great satisfaction and pleasure.

Duato’s roots go back to the years he spent working with the prestigious choreographer Jiri Kylian, and like him he is gifted with great musicality, an eye for sophisticated esthetics, acute sensitivity for space, compassion and a healthy sense of humor that keeps him away from pompous, empty gestures.

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