COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA Choreography by Nacho Duato
Sydney Festival presents the highly anticipated return of Spain’s most celebrated dance company, Compañía Nacional de Danza. Over the course of two different programs their acclaimed Artistic Director, Nacho Duato, and the thirty outstanding members of the company synthesise classical and modern dance with a distinctly Spanish visual flair and passion. With both celebrated works from the repertoire, and a new full length work, the season is a spectacular showcase of one of the world’s most admired dance companies.
“Breathtaking sweep vibrant musicality and
vivid Spanish soul” THE BOSTON GLOBE
ALAS Alas (Wings), the company’s most recent creation, is inspired by Wim Wenders’ 1987 film Wings of Desire. Duato joins the company, taking the role of Damiel, the ever watchful angel, who falls in love and longs for mortal form. Alas is the first collaboration between Nacho Duato and leading Slovenian
Alas Lyric Theatre January 10–13 at 8pm theatre director Tomaz Pandur, and reinforces Duato’s bold sense of theatricality. A deeply poetic and visually stunning meditation on one of the most influential film works of the twentieth century.
TRIPLE BILL Set to a Garcilaso de la Vega poem, Por Vos Muero is Duato’s 1996 masterpiece, which went on to be performed by The Australian Ballet. The work explores the unspoken, yet deeply suggestive expression of court dance in the 15th and 16th centuries and has been acclaimed all over the world. In contrast to the vivacity of Por Vos Meuro, the tone of White Darkness is deeply
contemplative and moving in its powerful reflection on the excesses of drug addiction. The final work Gnawa captivates its audience through an all-encompassing sensual elegance, combining the spirituality of mystic Muslim brotherhoods and the organic rhythm of Spanish and North African song, dances and rituals.
65 mins, no interval A reserve $80 / $70 B reserve $70 / $60 C reserve $60 / $50 Save up to 20%. See page XX Ticketmaster 1300 136 166 www.sydneyfestival.org.au
Triple Bill Lyric Theatre January 6–8 at 8pm 1hr 15mins, including two intervals A reserve $80 / $70 B reserve $70 / $60 C reserve $60 / $50 Save up to 20%. See page XX Ticketmaster 1300 136 166 www.sydneyfestival.org.au
program for CND performances in Sydney, 2008