Teatro Real Ballet Week
May 20 to 23
From May 20 to 23, Stingray Classica takes you on a trip through the flamenco-filled dance world of Spanish choreographer Antonio Gades (1936-2004). During four consecutive days, we present some never-before seen dance productions from the Teatro Real. On the program are Gades’ most notable dance adaptations, like García Lorca's Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) and Mérimée's Carmen, which shows how the explosive power and intensity of feeling in traditional Spanish flamenco can bring vividly to life the sultry passion, earthy emotion, love and rivalry of Carmen. Furthermore, Fuenteovejuna highlights the richness of Spanish dance and tells a story of solidarity through which Gades makes flamenco a universal language!
Monday, May 20 at 14:00 | Bloodwedding
Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding), choreographed by Antonio Gades in 1974, depicts the story written by Federico Garcia Lorca, of a bride who, on her wedding night, runs away with her former lover, now a married man with a child of his own. The furious groom follows them, and a fight to the death ensues between the two men. This ballet without words is the essence of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca, a poet and playwright whose vision melded with that of a profound and ancient Spain. Bodas de Sangre is filmed at the Teatro Real, Madrid, to mark the 75th anniversary of Gades' birth.
Tuesday, May 21 at 21:00 | Carmen
Created by Antonio Gades in collaboration with Carlos Saura, this matchless production shows how the explosive power and intensity of feeling in traditional Spanish flamenco can bring vividly to life the sultry passion, earthy emotion, love and rivalry that is Carmen. Vanesa Vento lives and breathes Carmen, emphasizing the many faces of this character, female, passionate and freedom fighter, but fickle in love as she shamelessly flirts with men she likes, inspiring desire, rivalry and jealousy amongst both the men and other women. But Carmen’s gypsy wildness becomes her own downfall when she discards Don José’s (Ángel Gil) love for that of the bullfighter (Jairo Rodríguez), as possessed by a piercing despair Don José kills her.
Wednesday, May 22 at 14:00 | Suite Flamenca
Suite Flamenca consists of seven pieces of traditional flamenco dance presented with Gades' unique insight on the aesthetics of flamenco dance. Consisting of solos, duets and group dances, all sides of flamenco dancing are featured. Gades' interpretation, initially described as avant-garde, is now considered as classic. With flawless solo performances by Stella Arauzo and Miguel Lara, and artists from the Compania Antonio Gades, this is a performance to enjoy. Suite Flamenca is filmed at the Teatro Real, Madrid, to mark the 75th anniversary of Gades' birth.
Thursday, May 23 at 21:00 | Fuenteovejuna
Antonio Gades’ last choreographed work, Fuenteovejuna, is a signature piece of purity and precision of Spanish dance. Based on a true event that inspired Lope de Vega to write this classic play in 1619, Fuenteovejuna is about the people of a village in Córdoba ruled by a tyrannical commander whose actions of droit de seigneur, violence and abuse engender their intense hatred. Until one day, encouraged by their women, the villagers choose freedom and, armed with farming implements, they take the law into their own hands. When the villagers are interrogated by a magistrate sent by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to establish who was responsible, no one admits to having done anything, each inhabitant only saying “I.” In other words, “Fuente Ovejuna did it.” First performed in 1994 in Genoa, Fuenteovejuna is considered as the ultimate work of Spanish dance. Gades highlights the enormous richness of flamenco and the folklore. The stylised Spanish dance and flamenco serve as a universal story to perfectly tell the story of solidarity.