Nacho Duato's "ideas" for a choreography are practically always preceded by his choice in music, which characterizes his working method. Duende reflects this method perhaps more strongly than ever because the music was the only course of inspiration for this ballet. Long ago, Duato fell in love with Debussy, especially with the way the composer depicts nature in music. When he listens to this music, Duato visualises shapes, not people, relationships or events. This is why he considers Duende almost as a sculpture: a body, a movement that embraces the melody.
Duende literally means elf or fairy, like the one who tidies up children's toys at night. But it can also mean rascal or naughty child. One can also possess "duende" when radiating enchantment and great charm, almost having a magical attraction. In Andalousia it is said that flamenco has "duende", which is virtually impossible to translate. Flamenco casts a spell of its own, the way African-American music has "soul".About the little of the work
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