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Compañía Nacional de Danza makes Chicago debut

Compañía Nacional de Danza.
Compañía Nacional de Danza.

Chicago’s The Auditorium Theatre proudly presents Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) in its Chicago debut. The Madrid-based ‘National Dance Company’ will perform a mixed repertory program featuring varied and representative styles, recognizable inside and outside Spain, including classical, neoclassical and contemporary dance. The one-night-only performance is Saturday, February 10.

Compañía Nacional de Danza is led by Artistic Director Joaquín De Luz, a past soloist with American Ballet Theatre and principal dancer with New York City Ballet. CND will perform a varied mixed repertory program including Passengers Within (2022), a new work by De Luz to music by Philip Glass and inspired by today’s society and our slavery to the system of modern technology. The program also includes Sad Case (1998), choreographed by former Nederlands Dans Theater dancers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, showcasing the surprising and earthy movements of the mambo; and White Darkness (2001) by acclaimed Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer Nacho Duato, former CND director and current artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet.

“The Auditorium Theatre is especially proud to host Compañía Nacional de Danza for their Chicago debut performance,” said Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan. “A group of Auditorium Theatre donors and myself traveled to Spain last year. During this trip, we saw CND perform, and were all so blown away by the artistry and technical precision of the company that we immediately began planning how to bring them to the Auditorium. We are excited to be able to share this excellent company with Chicago audiences for the first time.”

On February 10, from 10:30am-12pm, Pino Alosa, the Assistant Artistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza, will lead a free 90-minute master class, giving local dancers at the advanced level the opportunity to learn from illustrious members of one of the great international dance companies. The class is limited to 25 dancers, filled on a first registered, first served basis, and are for dancers who have four to five years of training. Class will be held in the Auditorium Theatre’s Katten-Landau Studio and is free with advanced registration. Registration is available at auditoriumtheatre.org

Celebrating its 45th Anniversary in 2024, the mission of Compañía Nacional de Danza is to promote and disseminate the art of dance and its repertoire, open to all styles, choreographic languages ​​and movement arts in general, both Spanish and international creation. The company was founded in 1979, with the name of Ballet Clásico Nacional under director Víctor Ullate. In June 1990, Nacho Duato was appointed artistic director of the National Dance Company, a position he held for 20 years, until July 2010. His incorporation represented an innovative change in the history of the training, including it in the company’s repertoire, new original choreographies, along with others of proven quality. Joaquín De Luz has served as the company’s director since 2019.

For more information on the company, visit cndanza.mcu.es.

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