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