Bavarian State Ballet
Munich National Theatre, Germany
December 26, 2009
by Horst Koegler
copyright 2009 by Horst Koegler
At 52 the Valencia born Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, since 1990 director of the Spanish Compania Nacional de Danza, looks back on an oeuvre of 52 ballets. Educated at Rambert Ballet School in London, at Béjart´s Mudra School in Brussels and at Alvin Ailey´s New York based Dance Center, he started as a dancer with the Cullberg company in Stockholm and was there picked up by Jiri Kylián for the Netherland´s Dance Theatre. Duato created his first ballet for the company in 1984 and had his break-through as a choreographer in 1992 with “Jardi Tancat,” a work for three couples based on Catalan songs. For the Bach anniversary of 2000 he was commissioned by the city of Weimar, where Bach had spent some of the happiest years of his life as an organ-player and concert-master at the Court Chapel, to create with his Spanish dancers a Bach-ballet, which was premiered there under the title “ Diversity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness” ( its Spanish original title read “Multiplicad. Formas de silencio y vacio”) and became an international hit, produced recently by the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet and on December 23 by the Bavarian State Ballet at the Munich National Theatre.