El Amor Brujo

CHOREOGRAPHY: Víctor Ullate

ART ASSISTANT DIRECTION: Eduardo Lao

MUSIC: Manuel De Falla, Luis Delgado, In Slaughter Natives

LIGHTING DESIGN AND STAGING ELEMENTS: Paco Azorín

LIGHTING DESIGN ASSISTANT: Pedro Chamizo

COSTUME DESIGN: María Araujo

DYE WORKSHOP: María Calderón

SOUND DESIGN: Miguel Lizarraga

VIDEO CREATION: Greyman

 

Here is a fresh take on the piece that was premiered by Víctor Ullate on 28 May 1994 at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville.

The new version introduces a change in the staging and costumes with a view to making light the most important feature – the will-o’-the-wisp or wildfire is present throughout the entire storyline. This time, the musical theme is ground-breaking, including music by the dark ambience group “In Slaughter Natives” which, combined with the musical effects by Luis Delgado from the original version, leads the viewer on a journey between life and death – a journey into beyond.

The piece was written by Manuel de Falla in the early 20th century. With a distinct Andalusian essence, the piece explores the gypsy mystique and approaches love in its most primary and essential form. Falla tells the tale of the young gypsy girl Candela, whose love for Carmelo is haunted by the ghost of her previous partner. This is a tale of love and passion, of tears and despair, of witchcraft and seduction, of death and dance.

The choreography contains fragments of astounding beauty, such as Canción del amor dolido (Song of Suffering Love), Romance del pescador (Fisherman’s Romance) and Canción del fuego fatuo (Song of Wildfire). It should also be mentioned that this version includes three popular songs written by Manuel de Falla: Nana, Polo and Asturiana, as well as an adaptation by Paco de Lucía for José, the eternal lover.

A new version of El Amor Brujo (The Bewitched Love) – different in form but ever the same in essence.

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