Without Words – Nacho Duato – Leonid Sarafanov and Irina Perren

The gorgeous pas de deux in this video is from Nacho Duato’s ballet, Without Words and the music is by Franz Schubert. Here it is danced by Irina Perren and Leonid Sarafanov, dance artists from the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Russia.

Nacho Duato is presently the artistic director and choreographer for this Russian company and is the first Foreigner to be directing a Russian dance company for 100 years since Petipa who created Swan Lake! Duato is internationally acclaimed as a choreographer, and his works are performed in companies around the world. His influences in dance range from his early years in training at The Ballet Rambert in England, Maruice Bejart in Brussels and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York. He also danced for many years with the Nederland’s Dans Theatre working with Jiri Kylian and many other choreographers of the time.

Although his work is not considered “cutting edge” for today’s contemporary dance scene, he has been able to create a wonderful synthesis between classical ballet and contemporary dance. In this piece we see the clean lines and lyricism of classical ballet fused with the grounding movement, sculptural forms and presentation of contemporary dance.

The music and movement in this piece hold and enfold each other in a wonderful rich and harmonious way which is deeply moving. The ending moments are sublime. The dancing and music in this piece bring tears to my eyes!!!

The whole ballet is stunningly beautiful, and I shall be posting other segments from it over time.

I hope you to will enjoy this lovely duet as well!


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