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La Celestina

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Category

Dance

Date

1966

Original title

La Celestina

The love story and disenchantment of Calixto and Melibea, and their procuress Celestina, transformed into a ballet.

The choreographer and dancer José de Udaeta and his long-term dance partner Susana Audeoud are considered to be the artists responsible for introducing mythological themes into Spanish ballet.
Udaeta and Susana took the roles of Calixto and Melibea, respectively, and the third and last role of Celestina was played (singing and dancing) in its debut by María 'la Talegona'.
The music by Antonio Robledo combines melodies from the time (in a style between mediaeval and Renaissance) with flamenco numbers. Udaeta approached his encounter with the myth of La Celestina, the tragicomedy by the scholar Fernando de Rojas, by stripping it of all artifice, twists and Baroque elements. He thus produced a pared-down and agile version which was designed to focus on the main action of the plot, in this fundamental work of Spanish novel and theatre.
 

  

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