St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Elegía – Homenaje. El Café de Chinitas

Ballet Nacional de España
Director: José Antonio





Scene from the ballet <Elegía - Homenaje>. Photo by Jesus Vallinas



Choreography: José Antonio
Music: Joaquín Turina
Lighting Desing: Juan Gómez Cornejo (AAI)
Costume Design: Pedro Moreno
Musical Publisher: Unión Musical Ediciones SL
Costume Production: González (men) Luis Fernando Dos Santos (women)
Scenography Production: Mambo Decorados
Shoes: Arte FyL

Elegia, to words by the choreographer himself and called by him an "avowal of fidelity", forms a tribute to dancer and ballet-master Antonio Ruiz Soler, to whom José Antonio was extremely close at the outset of his own career. Antonio Ruiz Soler was one of the first to enrich Spanish folk dances with elements of ballet, bringing his works closer to the classical performing style.
"Through two works of Joaquin Turina (Ritmos and Danzas Fantásticas) I make a route in the 40´s and Antonio´s American period where he achieved success with his dancing partner, Rosario".
José Antonio



Scene from the ballet <El Café de Chinitas>. Photo by Jesus Robisco


El Café de Chinitas

Choreography: José Antonio
Music: 8 popular songs by Federico García Lorca
Musical arrangement: Chano Domínguez
"Seguiriyas del destino"and "Paсo del destino" (Soleá): Pepe de Pura & Juan Manuel Lуpez
Scene Director, vídeo and espacio escénico: Lluís Danés
Original Idea: Manuel Huerga
Lighting Design: Joan Teixidу
Costume Desing: Yvonne Blake
Reconstrucciуn telones, Scenography Production and Atrezzo: Jordi Castells
Costume Production: Pipa & Milagros, Talleres González
Costume "Destino" Production: Amalia Pérez
Assistant Scene Director: Anna Marín
Assistant Costume Desing: Ana Bernal
Headdress: Hortensia
Peluquería y caracterización: Manolo Cortés, Enrique González, Pepe Conde
Shoes: Arte FyL

Vídeo: Production: David Campassol, Josep Bayo
Soul Produccions; Cast: Lila Pla, Sussana Roca, Mariona Juanias, Laia Moreno, Tania Salvadó, Ester Ordás, Marcel Dou & Oriol Caba

Guest Flamenco Singer: Esperanza Fernández
Live Music: Chano Domínguez and Group

The scenography reproduce the original designs created by Salvador Dalí

The production of the ballet El Café de Chinitas to music from famous songs by Federico Garcia Lorca marks a return to the age of the birth of the cafés chantants, performances in which were a kind of "training school" for several generations of Spanish artistes. The most popular were El Café de Chinitas in Malaga, El Café de la Bolsa in Madrid, El Café de Silverio in Seville and El Café Villa Rosa in Barcelona, where there were performances by stars of the first magnitude. In this ballet, José Antonio recreates the atmosphere of the first performance of El Café de Chinitas, created in the early 20th century with sets by Salvador Dalí and first performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1943. José Antonio's ballet with original sets by Dalí immerses audiences in a world of passions and grief, as tiring as the intense summer sultriness and as bright as the blue skies of Spain.
"I was seduced by this production from the very start for a number of reasons, but especially because of the opportunity it afforded to explore the fascinating and endlessly creative world of Dalinian symbolism. This world of symbols, compounded with the depth and simplicity of Lorca's folk songs, are an ideal vehicle for creating on stage what is nearly an invocation of Art, Beauty and Sorrow, to re-unite Salvador and Federico in a new and timeless dimension".
José Antonio


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