SHOWS/EXPOSITIONS

“Carmen”, the Spanish dance classic, returns to Madrid with five performances at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá

CARMEN DANCE CLASSIC

“Carmen”, the most acclaimed Spanish dance work, with more than one million spectators in the main theaters of the world, returns to Madrid. It does so by the hand of the company Antonio Gades, which will present the show in five unique performances from March 22 to 26 at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá.

This version for theater was conceived almost at the same time as Carlos Saura’s film. It was premiered in Paris (France) in 1983 and was a resounding success for Gades, who became one of the best dancers in the world.

March 22 to 26 at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá

GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM

The national museum Thyssen-Bornemisza celebrates the centenary of the birth of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the most renowned collectors of 20th-century art and a major contributor to the modern art collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza focused much of his collecting activities on 20th-century artistic movements, especially German Expressionism. A large part of his collection is on permanent show in the museum, and on this occasion is exhibited alongside other works belonging to the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. 

The paintings are not presented in the conventional chronological order, but hung according to three core ideas: their creation process; the public and critical reaction to them; and the Baron’s relationship with his art dealers and the international exhibitions he organised. 

Until March 14th, 2021

WHITNEY HOUSTON IN HOLOGRAM

A show that recreates the singer with hologram technology, as if she were on stage. An Evening With Whitney Houston is the title of this show, which is also an exceptional premiere in Madrid.

Hologram technology projects the image of the deceased artist onto the stage, giving a sense of three-dimensionality, and that image of Whitney Houston is framed by a live band and dancers of flesh and blood. The effect is to have the artist back on stage.

For an hour and a half, viewers will be able to enjoy legendary songs from Houston’s repertoire, such as the initials How Will I Know and Saving All My Love For You, hits from the BSO El Guardaespaldas such as I’m Every Woman and of course I Will Always Love You or songs from his last period, such as It’s Not Right But It’s Ok or the very recent Higher Love.

From December 25, 2020 to January 30, 2021

38º FESTIVAL DE OTOÑO

Offers us a varied programme that includes text theatre, contemporary dance, experimental music, performance, object theatre, living arts, immersive theatre, cinema, poetry and transmedia drama.

The great festival, celebrates this year its 38th edition, and which once again seeks to support the performing arts. Presents an intense programme, which has been designed by its artistic director Alberto Conejero, and which will offer, a total of 37 shows, of which 3 are creations of transmedia dramaturgy, 21 absolute premieres, 7 premieres in Spain, 10 premieres in the Region of Madrid and 5 programmes of transversal activities. 

Although this year the festival offers special support to Spanish creation with shows by leading avant-garde artists, emerging figures and totems of creation and stage direction, it maintains an international presence.

The Teatros del Canal, La Abadía, Cuarta Pared, Pradillo, Naves del Español in Matadero, Conde Duque Madrid, the Sala Mirador, the Museo Reina Sofía, the Real Coliseo Carlos III de San Lorenzo de El Escorial or the Corral de Comedias in Alcalá́ de Henares, are some of the spaces participating in this edition.

EXPOSITIONS – AWKWARD GUETS

PRADO MUSEUM

Premiere: 14 octubre 2020 – 14 marzo 2021

Address: Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23 

28014 Madrid

An exhibition examining the role of women in the Spanish art system of the 19th and early 20th centuries. “Awkward Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931)” takes the form of a survey in two main sections: first presenting the image of women that was legitimised by the State through prizes, exhibitions and museums, and the position that women occupied in society at this period; secondly, showing some of the most important artworks produced by women in 19th- and 20th-century Spain, mapping the subordinate role that the system assigned to women.Finally, it shows the sometimes epic journey that some women had to undertake to free themselves from the limitations imposed on their sex.

EXPOSITIONS – BOTERO PAINTING

CENTROCENTRO

Premiere: september 17, 2020 – february, 7 2021

Address: Plaza Cibeles, 1 

28014 Madrid

 

 

 

The Botero exhibition. 60 Years of Painting allows us to explore the strong convictions and principles of the artist. The exhibition offers a new vision of Botero’s work, and refers us to a reflection on an internationally recognized style, distinguished by the exaltation of volume, the opulence of opulent forms, the explosion of color and his impeccable compositions of an exciting lyrical calm.

OPERA – UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

TEATRO REAL

Premiere: Septembre 16, 2020 – october 14, 2020

Address: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n 

28013 Madrid

 

Gustavo III and Una vendetta in Domino were the two titles given this opera for the three years it remained in the offices of the Neapolitan censors. In 1859, the title became Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball). The previous year, bombs were thrown by three Italian nationalists while Emperor Napoleon III was on the way to a performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. This certainly influenced the severity of the censors who were reluctant to allow the staging of the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, as narrated in Verdis libretto. The result is a musical score of contrasts which, while maintaining the immediacy of the masterpieces of the composers middle period, goes further by exploring dramatic and musical registers which we encounter fully developed in his later works. The production which opens the season is by Gianmaria Aliverta from the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, it maintains the North American setting chosen by Verdis librettist as a solution to the vicissitudes imposed by strict censorship. Yet, far from adhering to it, the action is moved forward to the era of Abraham Lincoln, thereby focussing on the racial tensions and political idealism of this convulsive period.

DANZA – BALLET DE MÚNICH

TEATRO REAL

Premiere: October 22, 2020 – october 24, 2020

Address: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n 

28013 Madrid

 

The renowned and long-established Bavarian company gives the kick off to the ballet season at the Teatro Real with Giselle, a classic which is a must for lovers of dance. This is the second time the German ensemble comes to the stage at the Plaza del Oriente.  The first time, in 1999, was also with this ballet by Adolphe Adam, choreographed by nonagenarian Sir Peter Wright based on the original in 1841 by Coralli, Perrot and Petita. On this occasion the production is under the vigilant eye of Igor Zelensky, director of the company and former star of companies such as the Marinsky of St. Petersburg or the New York City Ballet. He has revived the production injecting a new spirit and colour without renouncing the classicism for which it has always been characterised.