El Amor Brujo
Victor Ullate’s distinguished Spanish ballet company will perform its new production of Manuel De Falla’s drama in dance and song on December 29, in Madrid’s Teatro Real. El Amor Brujo, based on a tale of love’s both creative and fatal powers in life and beyond death, is a story of four gypsy lovers told to the composer by Pastora Imperio, a famous gypsy flamenco dancer of the period. First performed in 1915, El Amor Brujo has been interpreted by generations of great Spanish and Hispanic artists both on stage and in film, notably in Carlos Saura’s 1986 film, choreographed and danced by the great Spanish dancer, Antonio Gades.
Ullate’s new version will add three of De Falla’s folk songs to the existing music, to celebrate the participation of Estrella Morente, the greatest flamenco singer of her generation, known in addition for her work in Pedro Almodovar’s 2006 film Volver, and in Fernando Trueba’s charming 2012 animated film about Cuban jazz musicians, Chico & Rita. Born into a great flamenco family, Morente is uncannily equipped, both in biography and artistry, to sing De Falla’s songs of fate. She is already an immortal singer, but those of us less certain of our futures should not miss hearing her in this lifetime.
For more information and tickets, visit teatro-real.com.
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