Herrumbre Greek National Opera
Herrumbre by the Greek National Opera. Photograph: A.Simopoulos

HERRUMBRE by the Greek National Opera

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Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 February 2019
Why Go: See a modern choreography about the realities of war

The modern choreography, Herrumbre by Spanish choreographer, Nacho Duato comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in Athens, as the first collaboration with the Greek National Opera (GNO) ballet.

Duato’s Herrumbre (which means “rust” in Spanish) expresses the “rust” of the soul caused by the brutality of war, in this unique choreography that is also a statement against all forms of terrorism.

Herrumbre Greek National Opera Niarchos

The new stage of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Center. Photograph: Akriviadis/GNO

The 2004 terrorist attacks in his home town of Madrid, along with photographs released from the US prison camp, Guantanamo Bay around the same time, inspired this choreography and production.

Performed with the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet.

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER

Nacho Duato was born in Valencia in 1957 and studied at Rambert School in London and Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in Brussels. He completed his studies at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Centre in New York and began his career in 1980 with the famous Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. He served for 20 consecutive years as artistic director of the National Ballet of Spain.

Herrumbre Greek National Opera

Herrumbre by the Greek National Opera. Photograph: A.Simopoulos

Since 2014 he has been the general and artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet (Staatsballett Berlin), a position he will hold until 2019.

His choreographies have been performed by some of the most important dance companies throughout the world, including Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet among others.

 

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