A popular fondness and the avant-garde vocation of its creators—a constellation of stars consisting of Federico García Lorca and Cipriano de Rivas Cherif (plot), Gustavo Pittaluga (music), La Argentinita (choreography) and Alberto Sánchez (sceneography)—are combined in the 1933 ballet La romería de los cornudos. The rejuvenating influence of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes after their stance in Spain is reflected in this masterpiece of Spanish culture from the first third of the twentieth century that had such as great impact when it was premiered. The plot, which Lorca would come back to a year later in Yerma, was inspired by the romería (religious pilgrimage) of the Santo Cristo del Paño, a festivity from the town of Moclín in Granada, dramatised here with orgiastic overtones. Echoes of Falla resonate in Pittaluga’s music, while Alberto’s original sceneography (today a museum piece, reproduced to scale for this production) is embedded in the artistic revival movement in which artists including Picasso, Dalí and Miró also took part.
The present production revives this reference from the history of Spanish dance that was unheard of after its premiere in Spain during the 1930s and in North America in the 1940s. La romería de los cornudos, is the eighth work performed in the Chamber Music Theatre format, inaugurated in 2014, and the first to explore the world of dance.
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