Ballets Special September
19 & 26 September
On three Thursday nights in September, Stingray Classica viewers will be swept off their feet by beautiful ballet premieres of exquisite European ensembles. On Thursday the 12th, the Ballet of Monte Carlo enchants with Le Songe, a dreamy and humorous ballet by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The following week, the Victor Ullate Ballet-Comunidad de Madrid turns a more serious page with the dramatic El Amor Brujo, a choreography by founder Victor Ullate. With beautiful visuals and colours blending in with music by the likes Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, the Paris Opera ballet rounds off a series of stunning premieres with George Balanchine's Jewels on the 26th of September.
El Amor Brujo
The Victor Ullate Ballet-Comunidad de Madrid performs the ballet El Amor Brujo (which translates to Sorcerer Love, in English) by choreographer Victor Ullate. The ballet was originally composed in 1914 by Manuel de Falla to a libretto of Gregorio Martínez Sierra. It tells the story of Candela, a gypsy whose loves Carmelo, but is haunted by the ghost of his former lover. It is a story of love and passion, tears and grief, sorcery and seduction, but also death and dance. This new choreography contains great beauty, though different in form compared to the original, it stays eternal in its essence. The production was recorded in the Theater of Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian, in 2015.