Music: Pedro Alcalde / Sergio Caballero
Additional Music: David Darling Dark Wood
Choreographer: Nacho Duato
Set: Jaffar Chalabi
Costumes: Nacho Duato
Lighting: Brad Fields

Premiered by the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND)
Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona
Date: 2nd August 2004

Premiered by the Staatsballett Berlin
Venue: Staatsoper Berlin
Date: 14th February 2016

The Universal Forum of Cultures, held in Barcelona in 2004, commissioned Nacho Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza to create an original piece on the subject of torture to be premiered at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Nacho Duato: “Tired of seeing images of violence and torture of every possible kind, I felt the need to translate all this terror into movement. Herrumbre is a call to reflection, not a dogmatic work; I want to provoke people to meditate on this subject – an issue that occurs daily all over the world and not so far from us.”

The title suggests iron oxide as an image of a blackened human soul. The word appears in the poem “Chatarra” by Ángel González that never fails to be included in the handbills presenting the piece.

With the aid of both concrete and environmental sounds, pure frequencies and various percussion instruments, a series of places are formed: sound scenarios in which to develop the action. The idea was to build a sort of soundtrack to transport us to physical and temporal spaces while remaining abstract. It was primarily a work of sound architecture.

1- Sounds
2- Pure tones
3- Timpani, tam-tam, gong
4- Bassoon
5- Voice: radio clip


1h, 02’

02-08-2004 Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona Spain 7
18-03-2005 Théâtre du Châtelet Paris France 3
23-04-2005 Teatro Real Madrid Spain 6
13-07-2005 C.A.E.M. Salamanca Spain 1
27-10-2005 Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid Spain 9
27-07-2006 La Nau Sagunto Spain 3
17-05-2007 Teatro Calderón Valladolid Spain 4
29-05-2007 Teatro de la Maestranza Seville Spain 2
03-11-2007 Palacio Euskalduna Bilbao Spain 2
01-11-2008 Prinzregententheater Munich Germany 2
09-07-2009 Naves del Español Madrid Spain 8
06-11-2009 Lucent Danstheater The Hague Holland 2
14-02-2016 / 15-06-2018 Staatsoper Berlin Germany 16
Total performances 65