Llenar un plano muerto y gris con un arabesco vivo,
clarísimo, estremecido, sin punto muerto,
que se pueda recordar sin maraña:
he aquí la lengua de la bailarina.
Federico García Lorca, 1930

Residencia de Estudiantes

C/ Pinar, 23. 28006 Madrid

October 6th 2017 – April 1st 2018

Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The exhibition will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 31st and January 1st.
To book a guided visit send an email to visitas@residencia.csic.es

Detached from words, ephemeral and inseparable from the body, ballet expresses itself through its own language. Poets from 1927 noticed the paradox of somebody who chases eternity through what is transitory: “magical arts of flying”, that is what José Bergamín would call them paraphrasing Lope de Vega, arts “without print or literal trace that points its route to be repeated”. And, nevertheless, ballet has revolted against that inherent quality of the ephemeral, trying to be translated, to be written and, in short, to make an impression.

This exhibition aims to recover the contribution of choreographers and interprets of the first decades of the XX century in Spain, in the context of the cultural complex panorama of the Edad de Plata. Presented at the same level as literature, music and visual arts, it offers a new diverse perspective of ballet; open to different movements and influences.

The exhibition shows how the past century’s legacy, added to the recovery of a rich popular culture, was permeable to the arrival of modernity and the avant-garde in their different forms. And, in this way, how the stage became a reunion space for dancers, music artists, poets, painters and designers, that shared their artistic synergy with an international projection never reached before.