Nacho Duato, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer
Bach: Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness
"A bold evening of dance theater, from beginning to end"
--The Seattle Times
"Fluid and elegant, yet with a driving sense of urgency"
--San Francisco Chronicle
Founded in 1979, Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza enjoys a reputation as "one of Europe's premier contemporary dance companies" (The New York Times). Choreographer Nacho Duato, appointed as Artistic Director in 1990, has molded the 30-member, classically trained troupe of dancers into one that is equally comfortable with classical and modern dance.
May 14 & 15, Nacho Duato dances with his company in its D.C. debut with Duato's Bach: Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness. The piece was commissioned by the city of Weimar, Germany as the 1999 European Cultural Capital, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death. A choreographic reflection inspired by the music and life of Bach, Bach: Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness includes a duet in which a dancer portraying Bach draws a bow across a woman's body. The ballet's title, according to Duato, "is related to the ‘multiple folds' in Baroque architecture and, by extension, to Baroque aesthetics."
Performance Timing: Act I - 49 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 45 min.
Explore the Arts: Post-performance discussion on Friday, May 14, FREE with your performance ticket.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is supported through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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