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‘Blue Beard’, a choreography by Taiat Dansa for Ballet de la Generalitat

We must put aside the traditional interpretation of Blue Beard as torturer of children in the tale by Gilles de Rais. Nor is this the violent and misogynist Blue Beard viewed through the feminist lens nor the neurotic and dominant male ogre envisioned by Pina Bausch. The Blue Beard of this production is the representation of a profound melancholy and of that deep sadness that cannot help but to destroy any whisper of relief that comes close. Judith in this tale is a figure representing the kind of curiosity that kills. In the same way that the brash light of modernity obscured the shadowy sentimentality of the Romantic era, she is a force that insists on a species of obligatory suicide. In this piece the choreographers Meritxell Barberá and Inma García reflect on the existence of that closed-off room, sealed and isolated, located deep within the psyche of each of us and that is equally likely to hold its store of symbolic cadavers. This piece places us in front of that door – much like the peasant in Kafka’s tale standing before the doors of justice – completely and irredemiably alone. To love ourselves we must be able to walk up to that closed door, the denizen of shameful secrets, and not force ourselves to open it. Although we carry it with us wherever we go we will not confess its existence even to ourselves. It means that we must not be forced to empty the contents from the room and must resist the destructive tendency to examine everything, instead pretending ignorance about the cadavers of a thousand lost loves piled high behind it. No love is sufficiently heroic as to be able to survive exposure to the unveiling of the monster that, at bottom, resides in all of us.

  • Artistic Directors: Meritxell Barberá and Inma García.
  • Choreography: Meritxell Barberá and Inma García, in collaboration with the Ballet de la Generalitat’s dancers.
  • Dancers: Alejandro Amores, Gianluca Battaglia, Laura Bruña, Joan Crespo, Diana Huertas, Esaúl Llopis, Johny López, Yester Mulens, Cristina Reoild, Marine Sánchez, Fátima Sanles, Elizabeth Taberner, Marta Toledo and Ismael Turel.
  • Dramaturgy: Roberto Fratini.
  • Original music: David Barberá (Caldo).
  • Speaker: Juan Carlos Iniesta.
  • Lighting Design: Ramón Jiménez.
  • Stage Desing: Luis Crespo.

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)

‘Barba Azul’ de Taiat Dansa para el Ballet de la Generalitat (estreno)