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Spain boasts first-class artists specializing in a wide range of styles from contemporary dance or flamenco to classical ballet and the Spanish audience has grown to appreciate new dance efforts.
The Loewe Foundation aims to boost cultural and social awareness and dance appreciation.
Starting in 2013, the Loewe Foundation has become an official sponsor of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, the National Dance Company. The CND was created more than thirty years ago and, under the direction of José Carlos Martínez, is turning into a mosaic of styles by incorporating classical dance into its contemporary repertoire; in this way, both the Martínez project and the company’s current dancers –who share 16 nationalities and 8 spoken languages- are an example of how creative versatility and the respectful execution of a varied repertoire perfectly showcase the universal character of dance. The joint journey that the Loewe Foundation and the CND will take over the coming years will produce a number of cultural, educational, and informative projects that will tighten the bond with an international audience that is as diverse as it is demanding.
The book Utopía del buen lugar, by flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés, has been a key project for the Loewe Foundation in its commitment to support the field of dance. Presented in Madrid’s Teatro Español in November 2012, the book captures, through a series of conversations with the flamenco artist, the creative process she followed when putting together her show, also titled Utopía, and built around the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. In addition, the Loewe Foundation is accompanying María Pagés during her 2013 Asian tours, thus strengthening the presence and universal appeal of flamenco as well as its connection to Spanish culture and to current artistic creations, which emerge, in turn, from the pairing of tradition and contemporary thinking.
In 2007 the Loewe Foundation started sponsoring the Ballet Season at the Teatro Real of Madrid and in 2011 the dance program at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.
Both theatres had lacked in dance sponsorship until Loewe´s involvement. The Foundation thus displays its strong support to dance, which has world-class Spanish stars and an audience eager for quality performances.
The array of shows sponsored by the Loewe Foundation offers a wide range of dance styles, periods and groups which go from risky stagings created for their debut on these stages, to the leading international companies performing their most emblematic creations.
The 2011/12 season will present La Belle choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba with creations by Mats Ek, Bonachela and Céspedes, a Russian Ballet Gala to commemorate the Year of Russia in Spain and Year of Spain in Russia and Les Ballets C de la B with C(h)oerus, an Alain Plate project.
The Loewe Foundation began its dance sponsorship at the Teatro Real during the 2007/8 season; the Nederlands Dans Theater performed choreographies by Paul Lightfoot and the Spaniard Sol León along with creations by Jirí Kyllián himself, while the Béjart Ballet of Lausanne performed Zarathoustra: Le chant de la danse shortly after the death of the French choreographer. The Ballet Nacional de España took to the stage with José Antonio’s El Café de Chinitas and a Gala in honour of the ballerina Maya Plissetskaya rounded off the program.
The 2008-09 season opened with strong support for the recently formed Corella Ballet Castilla y León which, for the first time, brought to a Spanish stage the production of La Bayadère with Natalia Makarova’s version; as well as the Stuttgart Ballet with John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the Víctor Ullate Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid celebrated there its 20th anniversary with the show 2 You Maestro, and once again the season ended with a Gala of Stars from the Bolshoi y Mariinsky Theatre Ballets.
It was also the Bolshoi Ballet that opened the 2009-10 season with a performance of Yuri Grigorovich’s popular work, Spartacus, starring Ivan Vassiliev, who is recognized around the world for his interpretation of this ballet’s main character. Julio Bocca assumed the direction of the Gala de Estrellas de la Danza and María Pagés provided the flamenco touch to a season during which Nacho Duato celebrated his 20th anniversary with the National Dance Company, and which closed with the Neederlans Dans Theater and its Jubilee show, featuring its three groups: NDT I, NDT II and NDT III.
The Zurich Ballet with Spoerli’s Goldberg Variations opened the 2010-11 season, that also included La Compañía de la Fundación Antonio Gades –which performed all of the choreographer’s works- and the Novosibirsk Opera Ballet, whose Swan Lake was performed by the guest dancers Olesya Novikova and Leonid Sarafanov.
The Loewe Foundation’s support to dance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu began with the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2011, performing on the Barcelona stage three of the choreographer’s emblematic pieces: Errand Into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and Embattled Garden.
The Mariinsky Theatre Ballet of Saint Petersburg will open the 2011-12 season with Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire, while IT Dansa will perform creations by Jirí Kyllián and Ohad Naharin. The Corella Ballet Castilla y León will perform the version by Ángel Corella himself of Petipa/Ivanov’s Swan Lake and Grupo Corpo will bring a Brazilian presence to the stage with Pederneiras’s creations. Faust by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo with Jean-Christophe Maillot’s choreography will bring the season to a close.
The Loewe Dance Rendez-Vous is a series of conversations between professionals from various dance disciplines as well as from other cultural fields. These activities aim to generate interest in dance and explore its creative process.
Conversation between Goyo Montero and Carmen Alborch. Chair: Elna Matamoros. Residencia de Estudiantes, October 13th, 2009. Download invitation
Conversation between José; Martínez and José Nieto. Chair: Elna Matamoros. Residencia de Estudiantes, October 29th, 2009. Download invitation
A workshop for dance professionals - teachers, performers, researchers, promoters ... - and with the participation of prominent escuela bolera voices. The main objective is to analyze escuela bolera from all angles and perspectives and to assume a joint responsibility in order to guarantee its future. Summary laescuelabolerahoy
Rendez-vous with Ángel Corella, José Antonio, Juan Carlos Marset, Miguel Muñiz and Rosángeles Valls. Chair: Alfredo Aracil. Teatro Real, February 13th, 2008. Donwload pdf
Conversation between Sol León and Carlos Saura... Dance in film and film in dance. Chair: Elna Matamoros. Residencia de Estudiantes, February 21st, 2008. Donwload pdf
Conversation between Tamara Rojo and Luis Antonio de Villena...Dance stories. Dramatic dance. Chair: Elna Matamoros. Residencia de Estudiantes, February 27th, 2008. Donwload pdf
Conversation between Lydia Azzopardi and Jesús del Pozo... Body, dress, movement. Chair: Elna Matamoros. Residencia de Estudiantes, March 6th, 2008. Donwload pdf