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DRESSED TO DANCE

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On September 26, 2012 the single show "DRESSED TO DANCE", the quintessence of dance and fashion, was presented for the first time on the stage of the Concert Hall P.I. Tchaikovsky.

The "DRESSED TO DANCE" project was premiered in Madrid in 2009, later at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in February 2010. This totally fresh idea combined with an extraordinary production won recognition of the public, the artistic community and mass media that allowed the show to develop to a high international level, and in autumn of 2012 this masterpiece arrived in Moscow.

The presentation of the show "DRESSED TO DANCE" was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Perfume House LOEWE. The House of Flamenco "FLAMENQUERÍA" decided to organize this event, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture of Spain and the Embassy of Spain.

In this work there were used more than 80 costumes; some sketches were created by the great artists and painters such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.

In the Russian capital, at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the audience enjoyed flamenco haute couture last night. The outstanding "Dressed to Dance" project was premiered at the Guggenheim NY Contemporary Art Museum. Now it's in Moscow. The magic of passionate and wild flamenco is always present in the works of such famous Spaniards as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. And the magic of their art inspired the well-known designers and choreographers to create a real performance, in which the sketches of the great artists begin to live their own life thanks to the stars of the flamenco world of today.

Flounces, like the foam of the sea, flood the corridors. Here you find everything: from the costumes made according to the sketches of Dali and Picasso to the dresses represented by modern designers. "It was an extraordinarily hard job: we had to go picking up the costumes from different museums, associations and foundations. They are very rare clothes that have their unique history: people do not want to lend them; so we had to find a specialized company to transport everything safely", explained the artistic director of the project Margaret Jova (Spain).

This curtain was created by Salvador Dali in 1943 for the premiere of "El Café de Chinitas" in the US as a tribute to Federico García Lorca. Now the National Ballet of Spain owns and uses it as decoration for the dance with batas de cola, tailed gown dresses. The three-meter tails are not so easy to handle even for a professional dancer, so to literally not fall into a trap, rehearsals last for hours.

The defile continues in the hall. The silk tails do not escape from the view of the dancers, and it is normal: you have to control them so that they do not get caught with the seats or the feet of the spectators.

"A bata de cola can be as long as you want: from very short to six meters. The most important thing is that the tail forms part of you. Well, it also should help you feel the music and the dance ", says the dancer Selene Muñoz (Spain).

This shawl is also very rare: Pablo Picasso created it in 1921. We are lucky to still have the original sketches. All movements are designed exclusively for the shawl, which serves to the bailaora just like a capote to the bullfighter. Finally it is a test for resistance and artifice: the costumes have many pligures, frills and accessories. All this is luxury that requires mastery, patience and professionalism.

"We are lucky that these two geniuses made costume sketches for the Spanish dance. That was what inspired us. It is important to convey the character and harmoniously introduce the costumes in the show", said the choreographer Carlos Chamorro (Spain).

Eleven costumes created by Pablo Picasso for the ballet "The three-cornered hat” are also here, together with the dresses by Dali for Don Juan: the public had never seen them so close.

“However, the climax of the whole show was the final number: the conclusion of the corrida (bullfight). Miguel Corbacho with his five-meter tail dress made the public explode with admiration. Presenting the costume made by Armani ten years ago for Joaquín Cortes, with his bare torso and so expressive arms, Corbacho put an end to this show of luxury and richness.

"There are special movements to remove the tail. If you do not, the tail rolls you, conquers you, but you have to control the situation," Miguel Angel Corbacho shares his thoughts.

The show is two years old, however a new cast was collected for Moscow: as a blank sheet, in a new place and for a new audience, not less enthusiastic.

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