Compania Nacional de Danza
Friday March 28, 2003
When George Balanchine compared himself to a cook he meant to demystify the extraordinary artfulness with which he made his ballets. But a chef can work with the finest ingredients and still bungle a meal - and so can choreographers.
As director of Spain's leading dance company, Nacho Duato has superb forces at his disposal. His dancers possess exquisite musical reflexes, their bodies display that mix of extravagant talent and hardworking modesty that makes for a perfectly unified, responsive troupe.
The designs are executed on a spectacular scale and the costume are beautifully styled and cut. And Duato himself has talent. His combination of glowing, stretchy moves and rhythmic deformations, his ability to freeze quirky human sculpture out of a burst of speed, all add up to real style, and his eye is extraordinary. click for more
************************************** Spain falls mainly on the plain
By Debra Craine for The Times
THE Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato was responsible for one of the lowest points in Ross Stretton’s brief directorship of the Royal Ballet. His tedious Por vos muero, acquired by Stretton in an effort to modernise the Covent Garden ballet, made one’s heart sink and one’s soul despair for the future.
Duato is back in London to try again, this time with his own Madrid-based company, Compañía Nacional de Danza. For their week-long season at Sadler’s Wells the Spaniards are showcasing three of Duato’s most recent creations. None, I’m happy to report, is as bad as Por vos muero.
The choreographer spent years dancing with Jirí Kylián’s Netherlands Dance Theatre, and Kylián’s influence is everywhere to be felt in Duato’s liquid-pure dances. click for more