Antonio Ruz offers a refreshing, dream-like interpretation
Sponsor of the Circle of the Dance
Soirées de Barcelone was Robert Gerhard's second ballet, composed between 1936 and 1939 for the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo in response to a new commission from Colonel de Basil. They never premiered it, however, because the troupe was disbanded.
Léonide Massine, who wanted a "Catalan ballet" based on Catalan dances and folk festivals, travelled to Berga to see the festivities for the eve of Saint John's Day (23 June). The result was a ballet with a scenario by Ventura Gassol which was originally called Els focs de Sant Joan (the Fires of Saint John's Day).
To make the source of inspiration easier to identify abroad, the title was later changed to Soirées de Barcelone.
The basic theme of the magical midsummer night is illustrated by a dance of torchbearers, which arouses the libido of the couples of dancers. They pair off and the ballet concludes with a dawn wedding.
The Liceu presents this coproduction with the Juan March Foundation to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Gerhard, one of the best known Catalan composers the world over. Created by dancer and choreographer Antonio Ruz, it offers a refreshing, dream-like interpretation and a unique chance to enjoy his music.
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Before attending the show
- Approximate running time 1h 10min
- Roberto Gerhard
- Joan Junyer
- Ventura Gassol
- Direction and choreography
- Antonio Ruz
- Coordination and musical assistant
- Miguel Baselga
- Costumes, props and Costumes Accessories
- Rosa García Andújar
- Olga García (AAI)
- Direction assistant
- Elia López
- Costume Making
- Ines Mancheño
- Documentary research
- Mònica Tarré Pedreira
- Music Edition (unpublished)
- Juan de Udaeta
- Edition review
- Miguel Baselga
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