Music: Pedro Alcalde / Sergio Caballero
Choreographer: Nacho Duato
Set and Costumes: Nacho Duato
Lighting: Brad Fields
Premiered by the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND)
Venue: Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid
Date: 27th of January 2005
After the premiere of Herrumbre, centred on the theme of torture, we decided to create as a contrast, a piece inspired by the simplicity and the apparent lightness of Japanese haiku. Maxence Fermine ‘s book Neige (1999), by way of its main character Yuko Akita, creator of haikus, led us to the theme of snow.
The title “Diecisiete” (“Seventeen”) refers to the number of syllables in Japanese haiku. Haikus do not rhyme; the only formal rule is that they should have three verses and a total of 17 syllables.
The haiku’s poetic impulse, irrespective of the season it refers to, is always infused with winter’s breath. Its gaze towards nature or every day life is always nostalgic.
In the construction of the music we included voices, used as a narrative, opening doors to different viewpoints on the concept of snow.
The formal scheme of the composition consists of an introduction, seventeen sound haikus and a finale.
Nacho Duato: “They captured sounds in Japan, sounds of birds, cicadas, snow and interviewed Japanese people asking them what does snow mean for them. It is a very different music, sound, to what we have used until now and this has allowed another vocabulary to surface ”
27-01-2005 Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid Spain 9
07-05-2005 Festspielehaus Bregenz Austria 2
13-05-2005 Hessisches Theater Wiesbaden Germany 2
09-06-2005 Teatro Principal Valencia Spain 6
08-07-2005 C. C. Olga Cadaval Sintra Portugal 2
Total performances 21