White Darkness Nacho Duato Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Anna Blackwell & Francesco Mariottini ©AB
White Darkness Nacho Duato Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
©Alice Blangero
White Darkness Nacho Duato Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Anissa Bruley & George Oliveira ©AB
White Darkness Nacho Duato Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Daniele Delvecchio & Christian Tworzyanski ©AB
White Darkness Nacho Duato Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
George Oliveira ©AB
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Anna Blackwell & Francesco Mariottini ©AB
©Alice Blangero
Anissa Bruley & George Oliveira ©AB
Daniele Delvecchio & Christian Tworzyanski ©AB
George Oliveira ©AB

White Darkness

Nacho Duato

Nacho Duato composed the one-act ballet, White Darkness, as a requiem for the untimely loss of a sister. The result is a masterpiece which, according to critics, has “reached impossible heights” in the landscape of modern art.

The ballet’s heroine, having lost faith in love, seeks oblivion; but the path she has chosen brings her not joy but feverish agitation, followed by disappointment, alienation and self-imposed isolation.

Nacho Duato does not consider dance to be a form of social commentary, but he nevertheless uses it to convey the most complex of themes. “I am deeply struck by how sad it is when young people al- low drugs to ruin their lives and slip into a dark world, a world so dark, in fact, that there is no escape from it,” the choreographer explains, on the subject of the emotional background to this production.


Choreography: Nacho Duato
Music: Karl Jenkins (Adiemus Variations, String Quartet nº 2)
Scenography: Jaffar Chalabi
Costumes: Nacho Duato
Lighting: Joop Caboort
Staging: Thomas Klein
Organization and Production: Carlos Iturrioz-Mediart Producciones SL (Spain). Costumes and Scenography production: Opéra National de Paris
Duration: 30 min

World premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, November 16th, 2001
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo on July 26th 2018, Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo