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Ballet in 1 act
Beginning: 4.04.2019 - 19:00
Completion: 21:00
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Manuel de Falla

Beautiful nymph Aіalges is sleeping in a garden not far from the ruins of an ancient castle. In the daylight, she tries to avoid hot sun shine in the shade of trees. But in velvety twighlight she awakes expecting the wonderful gifts of the forthcoming night. On awakening, the nymph finds herself accompanied by small elves Vectolinos who also inhabit the magic garden. Graceful and winged elves fly in the branches of trees and amuse the beautiful nymph. And they sing sweet songs for helping her to sleep when the first sun rays appear in the morning…           

Together with the elves, wonderful night fairies Sanas inhabit the garden – those who like to comb their long hairs with golden combs. They often meet with elves for singing and dancing. Just as they meet together tonight for their feast. Only the beautiful nymph Aialges is sad. For Aialges to be joyful, one of the elves proposes her to taste nice nectar gathered from blossomed trees in the garden. Sweet nectar arouses her feeling of something worderful and mysterious. Being nearly exhausted with expectations, Aialges meets with magic Boosgosu – inhabitant and defender of the Asturian garden. He is famous for kidnaping and seducing nice girls. Both Aialges and Boosgosu are inflamed of ardent love, and they give themselves up to this overmastering passion. 

Boosgosu demands Aialges for swearing allegiance to him, but the nymph is in no haste to do so. Handsome Boosgosu retires. Aialges becomes sad again. The elf proposes her to drink the magic nectar once again, but the nymph sends him away. However, in his striving to help beautiful nymph, the elf asks one of the fairies to remind Aialges about the feelings the magic nectar could endue her with. Carelessly, Aialges drinks the magic and deceitful nectar. In anticipation of ardent love Aialges meets Nuber, the handsome and fearsome lord of thunder and lightening. She delays in responding to his harassment. They argue about who is the most powerful in this garden. Taunting and jeering at Nuber, the nymph falls into his open arms. He also demands allegiance from her. But the nymph runs away from him. Hiding in the garden, she thinks about who is worthy to be her lovely friend.

Her thinking is interrapted with appearance of the both handsomers. Each of them feels sure of the right to love the nymph. And only a battle should heal the breach. But the nymph stops the battle. Gracing Boosgosu and Nuber with a kiss, she refuses them.

The night ends; and this epilogizes all that happens in the Generalife magic garden. Feeling tired Aialges retires under the shadow of trees to await the magic and alluring gifts of the next night. 

 

 

The ballet recital follows the narration principle of the Spanish novels that is to tell the stories not coupled directly with each other. The principle opens up a possibility to stage two brilliant pieces of Manuel de Falla, the famous composer of the beginning of the 20th century: “NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN” (“NOCHES EN LOS JARDINES DE ESPAÑA”) and “THE THREE-CORNERED HAT” (“EL SOMBRERO DE TRES PICOS”)    

The first masterpiece “The Nights in the Gardens of Spain” (subtitled by author as “symphonic impressions for piano and orchestra”) is composed in a form of triptych with a special title for each part: “El en Generalife” (“In the Generalife”), “Danza lejana” (“A Distant Dance”), and “En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba” (“In the Gardens in the Sierra de Cordoba”). The ballet is created for the music filled with а poetry of Spanish nature and a lyricism of the Spanish heart – for the melodies overendowned with both dreamy lyricism, harsh consonances and vigorous rythms. Due to the Spanish legends and tales in its canvas, the dance is of a romantic and fantasy nature. Mythical heroes tell us about the search for enjoiment and love…        

The second masterpiece presents a fantasy on a folk and historical theme: dynamic picture of life in Spanish province after the well-known novel by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon. The ballet music scintillates with wit and fascinates with composer’s design and technique. From time to time, the author weaves the guitar improvisations, flamenco rythms and the Spanish folk dances – fandango, jota, sevillianas, and farruca – into his ingenious music canvas.

Combining the two music pieces in one performance, we got an amazing choreographic tale about love.  But love in quite different forms: unearthly love and earthly one.

Aniko Rekhviashvili