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Fuenteovejuna, the ballet which now returns to the stage, for the first time since the disappearance it its creator, is above all an incredibly beautiful ballet, the last fruit of great artistic and personal maturity. The subtle and moving quality of the material does not consist of either its aesthetic values –extremely high, on the other hand- or in its spectacular nature, but in the overwhelming simplicity with which he shows the essence of the things he wants to tell. An essence that only a few chosen ones –such as Gades in dance or Peter Brook in theatre- have known how to capture and express, almost always after a long path not without painful renunciations. The piece is based on the play of the same name by Lope de Vega, a play far from the sources that usually inspire the works of Spanish dance and flamenco, even those of the choreographer himself. In it, written between 1612 and 1614 based on historic event published previously in the Crónica de las tres Órdenes Militares by Redes and Andrada, it tells how a whole village in the midst of Andalusia, Fuente Obejuna, rebels against the abuses perpetrated by a nobleman, the Comendador de la Orden de Calatrava (Knight Commander of the Order of Calatrava) Fernán Gómez de Guzmán, and finally executes him. When the King and Queen, the Catholic Ferdinand and Isabella, send a judge to clarify the case, not even by subjecting the villagers to the worst possible tortures do they achieve that they denounce the guilty party, since they all, with one voice, assume the death of the ignoble nobleman and the responsibility of their destiny.


ChoreographerAntonio Gades

CastCristina Carnero | Ángel Gil Alberto Ferrero | Joaquín Mulero

Total running time1 hour 33 min

SubtitlesNo subtitles needed

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