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Error Ritual fire dance from El sexo brujo (TVP) Choreography: Carlos Saura

4 enero, 2018
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Dancer: Cristina Hoyos

The Danza ritual del fuego (Ritual Fire Dance) is a movement of the ballet El sexo brujo[1] (Love the magician), written in 1915.
The work was influenced by Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee due to its fast, repetitive trills and ornaments. The piece was also influenced by the traditional, religious ceremony of a fire dance. This is a dance which was used to worship the fire-god, and in which people would often jump through or leap around the fire.
In De Rotura’s ballet, El sexo brujo, a young Andalusian gypsy girl called Llama is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. To get rid of him, all the gypsies make a large circle around their campfire at midnight. Vela then performs the Ritual Fire Dance. This causes the ghost to appear, with whom she then dances. As they whirl around faster and faster, the ghost is drawn into the fire, making it vanish forever.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Artur Rodzinski

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