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Auditorio de Tenerife recibe del 11 al 23 de marzo de 2024 la residencia artística Las magias, de Teresa Lorenzo.

La muestra de la residencia tendrá lugar el 23 de marzo. 

Esta creación se ha abordado entre el gesto figurativo y la abstracción geométrica. El pequeño gesto se plantea en el entorno kinesférico del cuerpo, y el gran gesto pone al cuerpo en relación con lo espacial. Trabajar términos elementales relacionados directamente con una lógica física ha funcionado como guía para ir localizando y desenvolviendo una danza que apunta al entramado rural y natural concreto al que se refiere.

En este abordaje tan concreto se han abierto estudios sobre figuras relativas a elementos naturales, celestes, místicos; y sobre las que se ha desplegado una superposición de capas básicas que ordenan y clarifican la acción del cuerpo y se complejizan en su interrelación

Las pauta y herramienta han permitido traer al cuerpo un lenguaje que encuentra la virtud en un hacer cercano, propio. Por otro lado, a la hora de comenzar con la composición existe un  distanciamiento del patrón de composición tradicional. Es un método que supone un pulmón creativo y permite establecer una separación en la condición de ser a un tiempo, sujeto y objeto o coreógrafa y bailarina.

Poco a poco se está dado sentido a todo con el soporte estético de esa cosmovisión y a través de la creación de una partitura base que cuida más y más todo el conjunto de la gestualidad del cuerpo.  Un cuerpo liviano, limpio de vicios, excesos, automatismos que relaciona con precisión la tensión, la sensualidad, el peso y el entorno.

A lo largo de la residencia se profundizará en el estudio y posterior desarrollo y manejo de dichas figuras y dinámicas sobre la partitura inicial, con el objetivo de producir un lenguaje preciso y genuino, que permite la creación de una composición coreográfica estable. Esta parte del trabajo viene a ser un refinamiento de la danza que servirá de soporte para el cierre del proyecto.

 

Teresa Lorenzo

Creadora, bailarina, profesora de danza contemporánea y yoga. En el campo del movimiento se forma de manera independiente estudiando diferentes técnicas de danza, otras disciplinas referidas al cuerpo y teatro en Canarias, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich y Nueva York, donde su aprendizaje en la Trisha Brown Dance Company fue determinante. Acude a programas de formación continuada, talleres, clases magistrales y siempre manteniendo un continuado y exigente trabajo de investigación y acondicionamiento físico en solitario.

Crea sus propias obras desde el inicio de su carrera. Ha colaborado con numerosos artitas, tanto de las artes escénicas como plásticas y sonoras. Ha atravesado proyectos de diversa índole, mediación, numerosos laboratorios de investigación, acompañamiento artístico, asesoramiento coreográfico. Ha trabajado con colectivos de naturalezas diversas y poco convencionales. También ha cultivado con rigor la línea pedagógica en el campo de la danza y el yoga, recibe una formación de siete años con un discípulo directo de B.K.S. Iyengar.

Con un acentuado rigor experimental, y como búsqueda de un lenguaje corporal ajeno a las tendencias contemporáneas convencionales, ha profundizado desde un punto de vista poético y filosófico en varios modos de relación con la naturaleza en sus diversas manifestaciones, lo que le ha ofrecido diferentes puntos de vista, perspectivas, aristas, para tratar de redefinir, para afrontar, para, en definitiva, estar en la danza.

En los últimos años de su carrera se ha especializado en el site-specific, y en la improvisación junto al músico Manolo Rodríguez, con quien trabaja hace más de diez años.

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Zlata Chochieva is making her debut as a guest soloist in the ninth seasonal programme of the Tenerife orchestra which is putting its Spring Pass on sale.

 

The conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens is returning to the island to conduct the Sinfónica de Tenerife in its ninth seasonal programme, which will feature works by Mozart and Mahler. Also, the pianist Zlata Chochieva will make her debut as a guest soloist in the Tenerife orchestra at the event which will take place this Friday [15], at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín.

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a piece in three movements created in 1784, in the full force of gallant classicism, and in which the soloist instrument is in constant dialogue with the orchestra. The work, in which the wind instruments take on a special role, reflects the light of this harmonic dialogue with an Allegreto as the finishing touch that invokes the song by a starling, which ended up participating in the first performance in Salzburg.

After the interlude, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will perform the piece that this Friday's programme takes its name from, Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, a score completed in 1902 which reflects the battle of opposites and contrasts that are very well-defined. The sound journey begins with a funeral march before reaching an exaltation of life in the final chords, with love as catharsis.

This composition marked the start of a creative phase for the Bohemian genius that was difficult to understand for his contemporary audience. However, thanks to the adagietto for strings and harps of the third movement included in the soundtrack of the Luchino Visconti film, Death in Venice, this work that had gone unnoticed for almost seven decades got a popular boost.

Karl-Heinz Steffens is the current principal conductor and artistic director of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons he has worked with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig and Stuttgart, among others.

Before becoming a conductor, Steffens was a highly sought-after clarinettist who also held several orchestral positions, culminating in the successive roles of principal clarinet with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In his lyrical facet, Steffens has conducted several times at the Teatro alla Scala, leading shows such as Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and Götterdämmerung, and he has also been regularly invited to the Berlin State Opera. He conducted the Norwegian premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera, where he also led the performances of Così fan tutte, Fidelio and the production of Tosca by Calixto Bieito.

The work of pianist Zlata Chochieva is considered by Gramophone magazine to be "one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully performed versions with a beautiful sound that I can remember"; her work is included in the Gramophone list as one of the 10 best recordings of Chopin.

Last season, Chochieva participated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Chopin Society of Vancouver and the Berliner Klavier Festival to perform Rachmaninoff to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer. She also performed Dvorák's Piano Concerto with the Hamburg Camerata in the Elbphilharmonie. She made her debut in Singapore with a recital at the Victoria Hall, and in Taiwan performing Piano Concerto No. 1 by Chopin with the National Symphony Orchestra. She also made her orchestral debut in the United States at the Bard Music Festival with a tour of five recitals.

The Russian soloist has performed in many of the most important concert halls on the international scene, such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Philharmonie de Paris, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, Casa da Musica in Porto and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Chochieva worked with several leading orchestras, such as the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra.

Once again, the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music ATADEM will give a talk on the two works of the programme. They will be presented by José Lorenzo Chinea Cáceres at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín.

The tickets for this concert can be purchased until the day of the event on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

From 20 February, it is also possible to purchase the Spring Pass for the Sinfónica de Tenerife, a special opportunity to enjoy the last nine concerts of the current season, with prices starting at 81 Euros. This subscription can be purchased through the normal sale channels.

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The ensembles San Sebastián, Nueva Unión and Princesa Yaiza open a new edition this Sunday.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife offers this Sunday (10), at 11:30 a.m., at the Chamber Hall, the first concert of the different ensemble members of the island's wind band federation that participate in a new edition of the Primavera Musical cycle. The wind ensembles taking part in this first concert are San Sebastián (Tejina, La Laguna), Nueva Unión (Los Silos) and Princesa Yaiza (El Rosario).

The concert band San Sebastián and its conductor Raiko Cruz have prepared three pieces from their repertoire for this concert. Their performance begins with the Parade of the Charioteers, from the movie Ben Hur, composed by Miklós Rózsa and adapted with arrangements by Miguel González. La sombra del peregrino, by José Luis Peiró Reig, and Latin gold, with arrangements by Paul Lavender, complete the presence in the Chamber Hall of this ensemble, which has its origins in 1927.

The wind band Nueva Unión from Los Silos will perform three pieces in the Auditorio in a very special edition as part of its 125 years of history: Teatro Montecarlo, by Aurelio Pérez Perelló, El Racó de L'or, by Saúl Gomez Soler, and Caravan, by Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol, with arrangements by Naohiro Iwai, conducted by Juana María Bolaños.

The Sunday concert will be completed with a performance by the band Asociación Princesa Yaiza from El Rosario under the direction of Juan Antonio Rancel. From their repertoire, they have selected Música y vinos by Manuel Morales, The Witch and the Saint by Steven Reineke and Sir Duke, with arrangement by Naohiro Iwai.

The 'Primavera Musical cycle has been organised by the wind bands federation 'Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música' since 2005 with the support of Tenerife Island Council. As part of this campaign, the public can listen to the 37 bands that make up the association from this Sunday until 9 June in the Auditorio de Tenerife's Chamber Hall.

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The programme will feature works by Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife is showing next Tuesday (12 March), at 7.30 p.m., at the Chamber Hall a concert by the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski. The musician will perform works by Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Prokofiev. This programme tackles the wealth of composition for piano through classical forms, especially variations, where melodic invention achieves its greatest expressive intensity.

This concert is part of the Pianísimo subscription, which offers tickets for four piano concerts at a 25% discount, including this one by Trpčeski as well as the concerts of Fazil Say on 23 April, Martín García García on 21 May and Paul Lewis on 11 June.

The programme will start with Frédéric Chopin and his Four Mazurkas. With the eight variations on Come un Agnello, Mozart pays tribute to the Italian musician Giuseppe Sarti, taking a theme from one of his operas and turning it into a great fantasia. Beethoven also finds variations to be a form of expression of great richness where, along with the fugue, they were to be the forms he would most frequently use in his final works. His variations for piano on a Russian dance from the ballet Das Waldmädchen by Paul Wranitzky, stand out for their expressive power and their metric irregularities; and the 32 variations on an original theme, written in 1806, constitute, in a certain way, a kind of demonstration of the technique of variation based on thematic material whose energy is fully concentrated, melodically and harmonically.

The sonata has a representation in this recital through the work of Prokófiev as another great classical form. The composer fully exploited its possibilities by giving back the form its nobility with a harmonic density. Additionally, he incorporated a powerful and engine-like articulation, very characteristic of his piano style. His Sonata No. 7 is probably the most famous of the nine he wrote. The piece was written in 1932 and concluded in the Caucasus during World War II. At the time, Prokofiev was fleeing from the terrors of war. The composition has an innate sense of anguish that runs throughout its three movements, which can be chilling at times. Its rhythmic precision expresses momentum and terror, while still maintaining an intense lyricism, which can be unsettling. This provides a contained calm that is almost threatened by the momentum and ardent virtuosity that permeates the entire work. On the other hand, but with a different freshness and lightness in the harmonic language, the arrangement for piano that the composer, pianist and orchestra composer, Mikhail Pletnev, produced in the nineties of the famous Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky matches that rhythmic precision of Prokofiev mentioned before. It has clarity in the articulation and fidelity in the language when it comes to transcribing. This is probably one of the most popular ballets in the history of music.

Simon Trpčeski has been praised for both his mastery and his deeply expressive approach, as well as his charismatic presence on stage. Launched onto the international stage 20 years ago as a BBC New Generation Artist, he has collaborated with over a hundred orchestras on four continents. He has worked with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Cristian Măcelaru, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Charles Dutoit, Jakob Hrusa, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano and Michael Tilson Thomas.

His recordings include the complete works of Rachmaninoff for piano and orchestra and the piano concertos by Prokófiev, as well as Poulenc, Debussy and Ravel. More recently, Variations was released, a solo album by works by Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart. His recording of the piano concerts by Brahms with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Cristian Macelaru was released in November 2023.

Born in 1979 in Macedonia, Simon Trpčeski studied under Boris Romanov. Dedicated to promoting his country's culture, his chamber music project MAKEDONISSIMO blends traditional Macedonian folk music with a unique soundscape.

In 2009 he received the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia, and in 2011 he became the first recipient of the title "National Artist of Macedonia”. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2001 to 2003, and in 2003 he was honoured with the Young Artist Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

The tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 and 5 for under 30s on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office, or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families.

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The performances end on Friday with a sold-out family performance.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife offers the children's show Semilla, by the company Tea Tree. More than eight hundred schoolchildren from fourteen schools on the island will attend the six performances planned for this week, while on Friday (8th) there will be a family show which is already sold out.

Semilla (Seed), recommended for those over 2 years of age, is a dance, circus and theatre piece that makes both plants and ideas blossom. The show highlights the importance of taking care of what is alive, looking after a plant, and giving it the best conditions for it to grow the best it can. Therefore, patience and waiting are a key element addressed in the proposal.

The company Tea Tree is the result of Sara Olmo and Pierre Viatour teaming up together, authors and performers of Semilla. She is a dancer and choreographer, and he is an actor and a hand-to-hand acrobat (circus technique). Dance and the circus are their means of communication, and the body is their tool. They work with the desire to use their language to sow seeds, feed their imagination and spread inspiration. Tea Tree alludes to the essential oil of the same name. For Sara Olmo and Pierre Viatour, trees are a strong symbol of nature, life, and fulfilment. Therefore, they are essential elements for life on Earth. On an artistic level, they are convinced that art and culture are also essential for the development of humans. 

The show's director, Yutaka Takei, was born in Fukuoka, Japan. Through movement and contemporary dance, from 1997 to the present, he has led a rich and intense professional career featuring many encounters with renowned artists. At the root of everything, it is possible to recognise the themes that most motivate him: the relationship with the body and the sacredness of nature. For the Tea Tree company, culture is the essence and is essential. Culture nourishes the soul and vice versa.

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The show, winner of three Max awards, will take place on Sunday 17 at the Symphony Hall.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife offers Oskara, by the Basque company Kukai Dantza, winner of the National Dance Award. The show will be performed at the Symphony Hall on Sunday (17) at 7:30 p.m. It was awarded Best Dance Show at the 30th Huesca International Fair of Theatre and Dance (2016) and obtained three MAX Awards: Best Costume Design, Best Cast, and Best Dance Show.

This project features a cast of five dancers and a singer. It is an exciting collaboration between Kukai Dantza and Marcos Morau, who is one of the most renowned choreographers in Europe today. Morau received the National Dance Award in 2013 and has worked with some of the most prestigious companies of our time. He also creates innovative works with his company, La Veronal.

Oskara is the coming together of two choreographic universes and two perspectives of dance that navigate between the most popular roots and the most avant-garde expression, proposing a new scenic universe on the national scene. This installation work explores some landscapes of Basque culture, and myths, from its origins to the contemporary era. The proposal presents a journey of symbols and iconography that contains the history of human experience, in the most absolute way, with an ambiguous and disconcerting strength.

The code of the play is highly abstract, with an almost violent language that can only be understood by the order of the compositions.

In addition to Oskara, Yarin will be performed the day before, Saturday 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Symphony Hall's stage box. It is a choreography by Jon Maya, the founder of the Basque company, the flamenco dancer Andrés Marín (National Dance Award winner 2022) and Sharon Fridman, a multi-award-winning dancer and choreographer. Both shows are recommended for those over 16 years of age.

Kukai Dantza was created in 2001 through the initiative of the dancer and choreographer Jon Maya. Kukai carries out its work through traditional Basque dance and proposes encounters with other dance styles and ways of understanding art. Thus, Kukai creates contemporary shows through traditional Basque dance, producing unique creations and collaborations with prestigious choreographers. This has earned it an unmistakable identity on the international scene, and it is making an increasing number of appearances at festivals and on programmes all over the world.

Its many awards notably include the Max Award for Best New Show in 2009 and the two 2015 Max Awards received for 'Gelajauziak: Best Musical Composition (Sabin Bikendi) and Best Cast.

The tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 for Oskara and €10 for Yarin (5 euros for the audience under 30 years of age, in both cases), on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office, or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed, and large families.

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Soprano Vanessa Goikoetxea considers that "the costume design of this Rusalka is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life”.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5), the Auditorio de Tenerife is premiering its in-house production of the opera Rusalka by Antonín Dvorák. The first show will star the Basque soprano Vanessa Goikoetxea, while on Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 Ángeles Blancas is expected to tackle the role as she waits to recover after being a little unwell.

For Vanessa Goikoetxea, "The costume design of this Rusalka is impressive, it is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life”. The soprano is making her debut with this show at the Opera de Tenerife and says that "although I have spent little time in the production, I have felt a lot of support and love from the entire team, so much that I feel at home here”.

Goikoetxea acknowledges that it is a character that she feels comfortable with vocally, exploiting her most dramatic facet, but she also really identifies with the musical aspect and even emotionally. Rusalka is much more than the little mermaid, she is sensual but childlike, a dreamer, human and non-human... Playing with all of that is very interesting for me" explains the soprano, who adds that "vocally it may seem easy, but Dvořák imbues everything with an impressive lyricism, and he has a brilliant way of handling the voices”.

The soprano recommends to a hesitant audience "that sometimes it is necessary to delve into worlds where you don't have so much control, which can be scary. But I can assure them that they will leave differently from how they entered before the show started. I am certain that they will experience catharsis”.

Vanessa Goikoetxea made her debut with this role in January in Nice. The review in Ópera Actual acknowledged that "the Spanish soprano performed her opening aria forcefully and freely, offering superb high notes, with a firm voice, without variations in timbre or any kind of tremolo”. Jaume Estapá – the author of the article – stated that Goikoetxea "offered nuance in musical passages with a great lyrical feeling and always gave the impression of having authority and a great sense of drama”.

Goikoetxea, who took part in the general rehearsal yesterday, shared the stage with a cast that includes the bass Vazgen Gazaryan, in the role of Vodník, Rusalka's father. The tenor Rodrigo Porras will play the prince with whom Rusalka falls in love. The soprano Magdalena Anna Hofmann plays the role of the foreign princess, a former lover of the prince who will try to stop his relationship with the mermaid. The witch Jezibaba, who grants Rusalka's wish and who in this production will look like an orchestra maestro, will be played by mezzo-soprano Adriana Bignagni Lesca.

The cast is completed by three wood spirits, played by soprano Julietta Aleksanyan and mezzo-sopranos Carmen Artaza and Maria Schellenberg. Baritone Jiří Brückler will take on the roles of a hunter and a forester, while mezzo-soprano Nicole Chirka will be the perceptive kitchen maid. Both characters, who are relatives in the original libretto, act as a kind of stage manager in this production.

The shows this week marks the premiere on the island of the Czech composer's most popular opera, coinciding with the 120th anniversary of his death. It involves a libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, loosely based on the fairy tale Undine (1811) by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué and inspired by The Little Mermaid (1837) by Hans Christian Andersen and other European tales. Premiered in 1901, the opera is in Czech and will have subtitles in Spanish and English.

This in-house production of the Auditorio de Tenerife also marks the debut in Spain of the Brazilian stage director André Heller-Lopes, who proposes a show that ranges between the classic and the contemporary, the reality and the fantasy, with references to the Canarian coastline, eastern culture and the magic of nature.

In this production, the first act opens with a forest of music stands surrounded by a coastline and sea beds, while the second act shows how a luxury eastern palace emerges on stage. The ending of the third act is different to the children's versions of this story of mermaids in love. In this production, which has involved over two hundred people from several countries on three continents, it is possible to see Indian fabrics, eastern daggers, old instruments and magic effects.

Heller-Lopes' team is completed by the set designer Renato Theobaldo, Marcelo Marques' costumes and the lighting designer Gonzalo Córdova. The Brazilian assistant director also undertakes choreographer duties with the dancers from the ballet Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife. The videographer Pedrós created the images that will be screened, and they have a great local component. The British conductor Paul Daniel is the musical conductor of this show. He will conduct the Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Ópera de Tenerife-Intermezzo Choir, directed by Pablo Moras.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families, and for those under 30, the price is 5 euros.

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Ópera de Tenerife comunica que, debido a una ligera indisposición de la soprano Ángeles Blancas, el rol de Rusalka será interpretado el próximo martes (día 5) por Vanessa Goikoetxea.

 

Ópera de Tenerife confía en la plena recuperación de Ángeles Blancas, que afrontará este papel en las otras dos funciones previstas, programadas para el jueves y sábado de la próxima semana.

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The Canarian coastline, an eastern palace and a magical atmosphere characterise next week's opera event

 

The in-house production of the opera Rusalka that Auditorio de Tenerife is preparing is ready for its premiere next week. On 5, 7 and 9 March at 7:30 p.m. The Symphony Hall will offer this show composed by Antonín Dvořák which over two hundred people are working on, including musicians, singers, craftspeople, and the technical and artistic team.

The soprano Ángeles Blancas, plays the starring role. She believes that "the ending of Rusalka is magical, it leaves you breathless" and she is "endlessly" grateful to the Auditorio de Tenerife for being able to do this Rusalka, an immensely beautiful role, which I last performed in 2007”.

“The passing years have helped me to bring greater depth to it, a broader dimension. Now my voice, mind and body are indeed ready to give the character everything that I feel this role needs, which is genuinely dramatic, with very dark and highly powerful tones, even though we are dealing with a young immortal aquatic nymph" reflects Blancas.

The recent winner of the Opera XXI Best Singer award acknowledges that "Rusalka is one of my favourite operas. The music of Dvořák makes you transcend, forget, leap into another dimension...every phrase has a story, none is in vain, and during the entire opera you surf over a sea of beauty”.

It will be the first time that this opera by the Czech composer has been staged on the island, coinciding with the 120th anniversary of his death. It also marks the debut in Spain of the Brazilian stage director André Heller-Lopes, who proposes a show that ranges between the classic and the contemporary with references to the Canarian coastline, eastern culture and the magic of nature.

This production has been taking shape for months in both Tenerife and other places around the world. As Indian fabrics were needed, part of the stage design was carried out in Italian workshops and several members of the team have travelled from Brazil. Also, there are twenty external companies and professionals linked to the project to carry out different aspects of it, from costume design details to the special effects inherent to audiovisual resources for staging and uncommon prop elements.

Heller-Lopes, the director of the opera, has shared his thoughts on the proposal. He found the idea of changing realities interesting and decided to make it a part of the opera. For instance, in acts one and three, which are usually fantasy worlds, he portrayed them as reality. On the other hand, act two, which takes place in a palace and is designed as a reality,

is a fantasy for the audience. The director also highlighted that the opera's subject matter is relevant to the present times, where there is a lack of communication due to social media, fake news and wars.

Heller-Lopes' team is completed by the set designer Renato Theobaldo, Marcelo Marques' costumes and the lighting designer Gonzalo Córdova. The Brazilian assistant director also undertakes choreographer duties with the dancers from the ballet Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife who are participating. The videographer Pedrós created the images that will be screened, and they have a great local component.

The British conductor Paul Daniel is the musical conductor of this show. He will conduct the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Ópera de Tenerife-Intermezzo Choir, directed by Pablo Moras.

In addition to Ángeles Blancas, the cast of Rusalka's three performances includes the bass Vazgen Gazaryan as Vodník, Rusalka's father. The tenor Rodrigo Porras will play the prince with whom Rusalka falls in love. The soprano Magdalena Anna Hofmann plays the role of the foreign princess with whom the prince is infatuated. The witch Jezibaba, who grants Rusalka's wish, will be played by mezzo-soprano Adriana Bignagni Lesca.

The cast is completed by three wood spirits, played by soprano Julietta Aleksanyan and mezzo-sopranos Carmen Artaza and Maria Schellenberg. Baritone Jiří Brückler will take on the roles of a hunter and a forester, while mezzo-soprano Nicole Chirka will be the perceptive kitchen maid.

Rusalka, an opera in three acts, was premiered in 1901. It has a libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, freely based on the fairy tale Undine (1811) by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué and inspired by The Little Mermaid (1837), the work by Hans Christian Andersen, and other European tales. Rusalka is the most popular of the ten operas that Dvořák composed and the one that earned him an international reputation. The opera is in Czech and will have subtitles in Spanish and English.

Rusalka is a water nymph who falls in love with a prince and asks a witch to turn her into a human so that she can be with him. However, this transformation comes at the cost of losing her voice. The ending of the opera is tragic, which sets it apart from other versions of the same story that are often sugar-coated for children.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families, and for those under 30, the price is 5 euros.

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The concerts take place on 25 and 26 May in the Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife

 

The Island Council of Tenerife is paying tribute to Elfidio Alonso, the founding member of Los Sabandeños, with two performances of the homage that extols his career. The historic Tenerife group will assemble at the Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife on 25 and 26 May at 7:30 p.m. with the show Elfidio. Un espectáculo de Los Sabandeños (Elfidio. A Show by Los Sabandeños).

The president of the Island Council, Rosa Dávila, highlighted the "well-deserved recognition and showcasing of the human and professional trajectory of Elfidio Alonso who, at present, aged 88, undeniably remains the great leade. He has been the flagship of Los Sabandeños, a group that, for almost 60 years continuously, has been one of the unquestionable benchmarks of Canarian folklore and culture. He is the great guardian of our traditions”. 

“Los Sabandeños is the most longstanding group in traditional Canarian music. This tribute concert at the Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife recreates everything from his childhood and youth in Punta del Hidalgo to his phase as founder and director of Los Sabandeños, along with his relationship with Canarian literary figures, his facets as a writer, journalist, composer, and his beloved city of La Laguna.  In all, a journey through his 88 years" notes Rosa Dávila.

The founder of Los Sabandeños, Elfidio Alonso, said "I intended to retire quietly without a fuss, but my colleagues and the current musical director didn't let me. I am very grateful. For me, it is an honour to extend my time in a group that we love so much, and which, very shortly, is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary in the music world. I welcome this tribute and the generosity of the Island Council of Tenerife”.  

The island minister of Culture and Museums of Tenerife, José Carlos Acha, stated that "Los Sabandeños simply had to play a part in the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Auditorio de Tenerife, along with Elfidio Alonso with his 88 years of experience, and the 60 continuous years of the musical trajectory of this great group. It is satisfying to be able to organise these two shows at the Auditorio de Tenerife”. 

The musical director of the group, Israel Espino, has stated that they aim to produce a show that is worthy of the intellectual and musical legacy of Elfidio Alonso. All the songs featured in the show were written by Alonso himself, and he has poured his heart and soul into them, leaving an indelible mark. Throughout the two-hour show, the audience will embark on a journey through Alonso's life.

The show which can be watched at the Auditorio de Tenerife recreates everything from his childhood and youth in Punta del Hidalgo to his phase as founder and director of Los Sabandeños, along with his relationship with Canarian literary figures, his facets as a writer, journalist, composer, and his beloved city of La Laguna. In all, an 88-year journey.

The playwriting and stage design of the show introduces the audience to the different life stages, represented by the actresses Carmen Hernández and Alicia Ramos, giving a voice and meaning to the narrative discourse, complemented with audiovisual materials from interviews with people who are closely linked to the culture, sport, literature, journalism, politics and music of the Canary Islands. Friends and family members will also talk about him.

The show, an immersive process in the biography of Elfidio Alonso, is performed by the 35 members of Los Sabandeños, accompanied by their technical sound and lighting staff and by two actresses.

Los Sabandeños get out of their comfort zone, take risks and experiment with new ways of reaching the audience. They break away from their normal aesthetic format to sing without microphone stands, in free space and supporting the narrative discourse that the piece offers.

Elfidio. Un espectáculo de Los Sabandeños was premiered on 8, 9 and 10 June 2023 at Teatro Leal de La Laguna. The second stop of the work was on 21 October at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In addition to his status as a founder member and director of Los Sabandeños, he has a long career as a sportsman, journalist, poet, novelist, and advocate of Canarian culture. A graduate in Law and Journalism from the University of La Laguna, he was a regional representative and mayor of his city. 

Also, Elfidio Alonso, the writer of over three hundred songs, has created conceptual works such as La Misa Sabandeña, La Cantata del Mencey Loco, Las Seguidillas del Salinero and La rebelión de los Gomeros. This vision led the group to make forays into South American music and enabled it to penetrate the world of bolero and love songs with mastery, producing themed works such as the Cantos Canarios (Canarian songs) and the albums Canario y Personajes.

Los Sabandeños began their musical activity in 1965. Almost 60 years have passed -the anniversary is in 2025- since that group of friends from the University of La Laguna decided to officially become a group. They began their continuous work in music, embodied in over 95 albums, a sound archive that includes part of the traditional legacy as well as their songs and adaptations.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.

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The ensemble Proyecto Ocnos, the dancer Juan Luis Matilla and the artist Cachito Vallés present their performance this Sunday.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife offers this Sunday (3rd), at 7:30 p.m., at the Chamber Hall the world premiere of the show Faena. This new contemporary proposal will reflect on the world of work. The Sevillian ensemble Proyecto Ocnos leads this project, with the Salamanca-born dancer and choreographer Juan Luis Matilla, the scenography of the artist Cachito Vallés from Seville, who has already built a sound installation in the hall of the Auditorio.

A historical and cyclical journey through the world of work is proposed by Proyecto Ocnos. Different songs and melodies that accompany the tasks of different cultures, known as work songs, are reinterpreted and modified electro-acoustically. The musicians Gustavo A. Domínguez and Pedro Rojas Ogáyar are the members of this ensemble. For them, "work, like religion and art, stems from a unitary and universal phenomenon that branches into endless actions, attitudes, and motivations. From the farmer to the cyborg, from sunrise to sunset, from cradle to grave”.

The technological revolution represents a paradigm that drives humans to perform as machines and machines to acquire the capacity to think as humans. Those interconnections have led to the installation entitled Anthropometric. Here, Cachito Vallés proposes a three-dimensional space that simulates a peculiar work cubicle that is inaccessible and impracticable.

The work originates from a main structure incorporating a series of mechanisms that are controlled by motors. This way it creates sounds, beats and rhythms based on pieces taken from the archive of the musicologist Alan Lomax on country work songs. Simultaneously, the spectator can be an active part of the work by activating sensors located at specific points of the installation, generating changes to what was programmed beforehand.

Anthropometric also includes a video screen that shows processed images from the archive of Alan Lomax. The speakers are activated in the presence of the spectator, reproducing the different work songs selected. The piece is open for visits in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife until 3 March and will be the prelude and climax of the show Faena.

Proyecto Ocnos views contemporary and classical music as a set of paradigms that are shifting and in crisis at present. This entails both a responsibility and an opportunity for the performers to participate and redefine the music that is emerging through dissemination and approaching more diverse audiences.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed, and large families.

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The 27th Max Awards will take place on 1 July with the support of the Island Council of Tenerife, INAEM, Eulen and RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television Public Corporation)

 


The SGAE Foundation and the Island Council of Tenerife announced the venue today (Monday 26) for the 27th edition of the Max Awards for the Performing Arts, the most prestigious Spanish distinction for theatre and dance professionals. The stage of the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín will host the awards ceremony for the prizes which will take place on the evening of 1 July 2024

The collaboration agreement between SGAE Foundation (Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) and the Island Council of Tenerife was announced by the president of the Island Council, Rosa Dávila, and the president of SGAE, Juan José Solana. The press conference was also attended by the vice-president and island minister for Tourism, Lope Afonso, the island minister for Culture, José Carlos Acha, and the director general of the SGAE Foundation, Rubén Gutiérrez.

The 27th Max Awards for Performing Arts involve the collaboration of the Island Council of Tenerife, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport through the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) and the group Eulen. The ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 2 La 2 on Spanish TV, through the International Channel of RTVE and via streaming on RTVE Play

The president of the Island Council, Rosa Dávila, stated that "it is a real honour to host these awards on our island and more specifically at the Auditorio de Tenerife. We are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this place that is so special to us, not only for its architectural value but also for its cultural programming”.

Dávila highlighted the role of SGAE, "one of the most active agents in our country in terms of culture and the protection of performers" and outlined her desire for Tenerife to become fashionable again by showcasing the culture that is created here with events such as the Max Awards ceremony. “We want to showcase the creativity and talent of our region" concluded the president of the Island Council.

In turn, the president of the SGAE Foundation recalled the importance of these awards and the talent of regional creators: “We are coming to Tenerife with a great deal of gratitude, aware of the complicity and enthusiasm with which our travelling companions have wanted to join this great celebration of Spanish performing arts, the Max Awards, which are so important for Spanish theatre. We will be on a wonderful stage with an idyllic climate”.

Juan José Solana recalled that "the cultural movement on the island is extremely important. Names such as Abreu, Correa and the recently deceased María Araujo attest to the theatre boom on the islands”. The SGAE president said that this year 522 entries were submitted for this edition, of which 396 were selected, the third highest figure of all time.

Fifteen years ago, we held the Max Awards at the Teatro Cuyás in Gran Canaria. On this occasion, the venue will be the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, a state-of-the-art and beautiful space with a team of great professionals. It has established itself as an emblem of the Performing Arts in our country. 

Solana also recalled the success that the Max Awards have sparked with the audience, the media impact and the professional companies in the sector in our country, with rising numbers of entries year after year. Lastly, he ended by stressing the high quality of the Canarian theatre, a benchmark throughout Spain, and he recalled some names from the theatre scene of the archipelago.

The vice-president and island minister for Tourism, Lope Afonso, highlighted that "Tenerife is consolidating its status as a place for major events and also in the cultural sphere. These awards are part of the intense programme to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Auditorio de Tenerife, which is showcasing the programming work and work of the island's creators, it is a great recognition to strengthen this link. These events have the quality to further the success of tourism in Tenerife, which will come from other areas with events of special importance”.

José Carlos Acha expressed his satisfaction that "the SGAE has chosen the Auditorium for the awards ceremony, which is an endorsement for the Auditorio de Tenerife as a centre for the production and dissemination of the performing arts”.

 

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Canarian authors, a boom of creativity


The Canarian archipelago is currently experiencing a genuine creative boom corresponding to a contemporary generation of playwrights and choreographers, either well-established on the national scene or who began working in the new millennium, and who oozes creativity and talent. Names such as José Padilla (winner of the 2019 Max Award for best children's or youth show for Dados), Daniel Abreu (who a year earlier stood out with three awards for La desnudez, in the best dance show, best choreography, and best performer categories) and Irma Correa (winner of the award for best new show in 2008 for Desde lo invisible) are now regulars on national stages. A special mention is deserved by the now-deceased costume designer María Araujo, who won three awards during her extensive artistic career for her work as a costume designer on Amadeus (1999), El Lindo don Diego (2014) and Ricard III (2018). The company Una hora menos producciones also received its first Max Award in 2022 for Moria after being a finalist several times. The list of Canarian creators and technicians is endless. Several administrators have managed to overcome the logistical difficulty of the archipelago and position it as a fruitful region on the contemporary Spanish scene. It is worth highlighting names such as the siblings QY Bazo, the choreographers Roberto Torres, Javier Cuevas, Carmelo Fernández and Paula Quintana, the set designer Sergio Calvo, the lighting specialist José Manuel Guerra, the playwrights Antonio Tabares, Ángel Martínez and Victoria Oramas, and the producer and director Fernando Navas. We currently enjoy outstanding cultural facilities where these performing arts are celebrated, such as the Cuyás Theatre, the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, the Pérez Galdós Theatre, the Guiniguada Theatre, the Circo de Marte Theatre, the Guimerá Theatre, the Leal Theatre and the Auditorio de Tenerife, among many others.



The Auditorio de Tenerife, cutting-edge, innovation, and excellence

The Max Awards are coming to Tenerife for the first time. Only in 2009 did Gran Canaria host the Max Awards ceremony, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the Teatro Cuyás in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 2027, the 27th Max Awards will take place on the stage of the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, the main production centre for shows in the Canary Islands. This stage space with avant-garde architecture hosts the seasons of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, as well as a first-rate music and dance programme, and it also implements its own educational and social department.

Since 2003, the Auditorio de Tenerife has hosted thousands of national and international shows of the highest level. Notable political, state and scientific figures and even winners of the Prince of Asturias award have also passed through the facilities of this cultural venue. It is also the setting for film and advertising shoots, events, and conferences.

This avant-garde work by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava covers 23,000 square metres. It combines the spectacular nature of a unique building enveloped in shiny white. It was created using the trencadís technique (uneven pieces of tile arranged as a mosaic) with a large square and the immense Atlantic Ocean behind it. It has a maximum capacity of 1,616 seats.

The main value of the Auditorio de Tenerife resides in the excellence of its programming and proceedings, innovation on an artistic and technological level, the desire to serve a diverse range of audiences, the creation of new audiences, and a pedagogical and critical vocation. Moreover, it commits to local companies and to the training of performing arts professionals.

 

Three special awards    


Organised by the Fundación SGAE, the most prestigious award for the Performing Arts in Spain is celebrating its 27th edition while maintaining its 20 competition categories and three special awards: Honorary Max Award, which will recognise the career of a person for their contribution, dedication and defence of the profession, the Audience Applause Max Award which will be awarded to the show that has earned the greatest acclaim from the public, based on the mass attendance of spectators and how long the show has run for, and the Amateur or Charity Max Award which encompasses projects that support integration and social outreach and amateur companies with an outstanding contribution in the sector.

 

About the Max Awards


Organised by the Fundación SGAE since 1998, the Max Awards, whose trophy is designed by the poet and plastic artist Joan Brossa (Barcelona-1919/1999), the driving force behind one of the groups that renewed Spanish art in the post-war era, have consolidated their status as the biggest recognition within the field of performing arts in Spain over the years.

The Max Awards for the Performing Arts have attracted a larger number of followers and aroused the interest of all kinds of companies throughout the national territory. At the last edition, held on 17 April 2023 at the Gran Teatro Falla in Cádiz, there were 529 shows up for awards, achieving a record number of entries in the history of the awards.

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