À l’Espagnole is a scenic fantasy inspired by the artistic cross-fertilisation between Spain and France throughout history, specially in the XVIIth century: one of the most fertile periods in the long history of Spanish influences in French society, a time in which the image of Spain in the cultural life of its neighbouring country varied its colour depending on the political events that marked the Parisian court and society; due to diplomatic tensions, interests and disagreements, the Spanish style spread out all around France in a irregular but very significant way. In the musical context, this love-hate relationship, of seduction and rejection, adoption and transformation of the forms, mostly through dances coming from America and soon assimilated in Spain—is our source of inspiration to offer a performance in wich contemporary dance, theater and baroque music go hand in hand , in a interdisciplinary dialogue. An exciting experiment carried out by Compañía Antonio Ruz in collaboration with Accademia del Piacere, conducted by viola da gamba player Fahmi Alqhai. The copy, travel and frontier will be the choreographic inspiration axes.
Idea, choreography and staging: Antonio Ruz
Musical direction: Fahmi Alqhai
Dancers: Tamako Akiyama, Jordi Vilaseca, Melania Olcina, Lucía Bernardo, , Manuel Martín and Indalecio Seura.
Musicians: Fahmi Alqhai, Rodney Prada, Rami Alqhai, Johanna Rose, Enrique Solinís, Javier Núñez y Pedro Estevan.
Soprano: Mariví Blasco
Choreographic collaboration: Estévez / Paños
Costumes and props: Daniela Presta
Light desing and technical direction: Olga García
Theatrical assistant: Pedro Aguilar
Production: Alqhai&Alqhai and Compañía Antonio Ruz
Coproduction: Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada and Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales (Junta de Andalucía). With the support of Centro de Danza Canal, Madrid
PREVIEW. 14 of March 2015. Festival de Música Antigua de SEVILLA
PREMIERE. 25 of June 2015. Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de GRANADA