International Dance Day

Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

27 April, 2014
Melanie Olcina, performing choreography by Antonio Ruz, in front of Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke, Nouvel Patio, Dance Attacks. © Jesús Vallinas
Melanie Olcina, performing choreography by Antonio Ruz, in front of Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke, Nouvel Patio, Dance Attacks. © Jesús Vallinas
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The Association of Dance Professionals in the Madrid Community and the Cultural Association for Dance, together with the Reina Sofía, have organised Dance Attacks, an initiative belonging to the International Dance Day activities taking place this coming Sunday 27 April, an occasion celebrated by the Museo with free admission.

Through a series of choreographies, visitors are given the opportunity to view a total of 10 performances at different times and with different dance styles – contemporary, ballet, classical Spanish dance, new flamenco and urban dance – coexisting alongside plastic arts.

The Dance Attacks will also be filmed and disseminated through social networks, creating an audiovisual ensemble to promote dance in Spain.


Two dancing “guides” will accompany those visitors attending that wish to follow the whole series of choreographed performances.

First session:    

12:00 p.m.: Nouvel Patio
Los hombres también mueven paredes
Provisional Danza Company. Aerial choreography by Carmen Werner

12:30 p.m.: Edificio Sabatini Building, Floor 1, Garden
Choreography by José Maldonado and Adrián Santana

1:00 p.m.: Sabatini Building, Floor 1, Room 102
Larreal: Ballet from the Professional Conservatory of Danza Mariemma
Choreography by Antonio Pérez

1:30 p.m.: Sabatini Building, Floor 2, Room 206.04
Choreography by Manuel Liñán

2:00 p.m.: Nouvel Building, Floor 1, Entrance Hall 104
Acércate más… Lejos!
Imposible Danza. Choreography by Ángel Rodríguez

Second session:

5:00 p.m.: Sabatini Building, Floor 2, Room 206.04
Choreography by Tamako Akiyama and Dimo Kirilov

5:30 p.m.: Sabatini Building, Floor 1, Room 102
Free Style Duet
Dani Panullo

6:00 p.m.: Nouvel Patio
Los hombres también mueven paredes
Provisional Danza Company. Aerial choreography by Carmen Werner

Carmen Werner founded her company Provisional Danza in 1987. She has staged over 60 choreographies, including a dance opera, street dances, video dances, a short film, contributions for other companies, special assignments for different festivals and theatres, as well as running choreography classes and workshops. Carmen Werner received the National Dance Award in 2007, the Onassis International Dance Prize in 2001 and the Dance Culture Award from the Madrid Community in 2000.

José Maldonado and Adrián Santana, representatives of the latest generation of flamenco ballet, with a solid foundation in classical ballet, contemporary dance and Spanish dance. The two choreographers have won the Solo Choreography Award at the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography Competition.

Dani Panullo, trained in dance and theatre in Buenos Aires, has also lived in and travelled around such diverse places as Brazil, Japan, Egypt and the USA, looking for the root of the leitmotif belonging to his vision of theatre, or what he calls ‘Pieces of today dance’. Faithful to its signature contemporary and urban dance, Dani Pannullo’s Company strives for new challenges to attract an audience that is increasingly more interested in the body and its movements from this century.

Manuel Liñán is a dancer and choreographer that has received multiple awards in recent years for his new creations in flamenco ballet. He has won the Solo Choreography Award and Outstanding Dancer at the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography Competition. He has headlined the line-ups of pre-eminent international flamenco festivals in City Center theatre, New York, London’s Sadler's Wells and the Stanislavsky Theatre, in Moscow. He is also choreographer in the Ballet Nacional de España.

Imposible Danza is a company made up of dancers and choreographers that have belonged to the CND (National Dance Company) at one stage or another since it was founded in 1979, and represents an unprecedented drive towards quality and creative challenges in many aspects. First and foremost, it provides access to the practically unexplored stage of the dancer’s maturity, their physical and creative possibilities, resulting from life experience and sound artistic training.

The Madrid Royal Conservatory is a prestigious institution that has been training first-rate dancers for over 70 years. The Choreography Workshops have been producing works of professional excellence, where the versatility of the dancers and the choreographed pieces encompass every style and register in Spanish Dance: the Bolera School, Stylized Dance, Folklore and Flamenco. The Larreal ballet is representative of this high level of dancers and choreographers associated with the Choreography Workshop of the Madrid Royal Conservatory on national and international stages.

Dimo Kirilov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he trained in classical dance. He was a dancer in the Sofia National Opera and the Nancy Ballet before joining Spain’s National Dance Company, where he has been the principal dancer since 2003. Throughout his career he has worked with the choreographers Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Jacopo Godani, Orjan Anderson, Wim Vandekeybus, Gustavo Ramirez, etc. Since 2009 he has been working freelance in different projects as a dancer, choreographer and ballet coach, and also runs courses and workshops.

Tamako Akiyama was born in Hokkaido, Japan, where she began her ballet studies. She has been a dancer in Stuttgarter Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydée, dancing on stages across the globe and collaborating with significant choreographers like J.Cranko, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian, who created an important role for her in the piece Stepping Stones. She has been principal dancer in Deutche Operen Ballet, in Berlin, directed by Richard Cragun, where she performs different pieces created for her, in addition to choreographies by H. Spoerli, K.McMillan and G.Tetley, among others. Since 1999 she has been the principal dancer in Spain’s National Dance Company, dancing the leading roles in a number of Nacho Duato’s creations and the leading role in Aluminio, by Mats Ek, premiered by the CND in the Teatro Real (Madrid). She has also collaborated in projects such as S.O.S by Dimo Kirilov and Gentian Doda for the Madrid Dance Festival in 2011, and periodically participates in numerous galas in different countries, most recently in the galas of Manuel Legris and Guests.


Actividad pasada 27 April, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Víctor Ullate
Music by Enrique Morente
One of the venues chosen for the Dance Attacks is the very same that houses Picasso’s Guernica – the first time the painting enters into dialogue with this artistic discipline.

Quiebro is a special choreography produced by Víctor Ullate, with music from Enrique Morente and the voice of Estrella Morente, to be performed in front of the artwork by the dancer Josué Ullate.
This solo with a marked shade of Spain – in the words of the choreographer – was conceived as a lament, a groan, an inner and heart-rending yell that ventures to be heard, from infancy, from life experience. The twisted body of a dancer that, to the rhythm of the intense and heartfelt folk singing of first Enrique Morente, then his daughter Estrella, struggles to break out of a muted mouth. “Quiebro” is this groan, found in Guernica, this heart-rending yell from a masked society, from the brutality of war, from every war, with movements that are sharp, resonant, painful… the dancer, enclosed in an urn he wishes to open, will be the bull, the injured horse, the winged bird discerned in the background, he will be, finally, the bitter cry of Guernica.

Tickets sold out.

Josué Ullate was awarded the “Leonide Massine” Positano Dance Prize as the standout dancer on the contemporary scene in its last edition, in 2013, where he danced a solo for the jury, audience and international media created by the ballet director and choreographer Víctor Ullate. Fully trained at the Escuela Víctor Ullate de Madrid, he was born on 26 May 1993 and since 2011, still a minor, he has gone on to form part of the Víctor Ullate Ballet – Madrid Community, where he has become one of the principal dancers in the Company.

Víctor Ullate founded his eponymous company in 1988, which since 1999 has had Eduardo Lao as artistic director and which recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. The talent and effort of both artists is key to the continuity and success of this exceptional company.
From the time it was created, the Víctor Ullate Ballet became the first private Spanish company on an international scale and is a source of leading dancers and an emblem of dance in Spain. Throughout these twenty-five years rigour and excellence have substantiated the selection and training of dancers, the choice and creation of choreographies, the creativity and level of the performances.

Room 206, Guernica, Floor 2, Sabatini Building

Actividad pasada 27 April, 2014 - 8:30 p.m.
Closing Gala Dance Attacks

Tickets sold out.

There will be a message by UNESCO about International Dance Day and the different companies featuring in the Dance Attack programme that have performed throughout the day in the Museo.

Auditorium 400, Nouvel Building