Los Amantes de Teruel - 2009

Los Amantes de Teruel is a celebration of the contradictions of life. This full-length solo that will be performed by Marta herself, is about the universal conflict between ideals and reality; change and tradition; past and present – a conflict that always comes back and only knows temporary solutions. The search to resolve these conflicts is what gives life its dynamics and development.

The central metaphor in the performance is Los Amantes de Teruel, a medieval Spanish story about the love between Juan and Isabel that is suppressed by the rules and traditions of their families and society. This story is said to be the source for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In her performance, Marta uses her own past as a dancer in the ballet Romeo and Juliet, in which she danced many different characters.

Marta danced with the Dutch National Ballet for ten years when she decided to leave her classical past in search of new challenges, becoming a modern dancer and finding her own way of expression through choreography. Another ten years on, she looks back at all these experiences and merges them with her present ones. Los Amantes de Teruel is a performance where classical ballet, modern dance and theatre challenge each other.  It is a performance that embraces life, not only because it is beautiful, but also because it is ugly.

Concept and choreography: Marta Reig Torres
Performance: Marta Reig Torres
Dramaturgy & theater director: Loes Hegger
Assistant choreography: Wubkje Kuindersma
Music: Greg Smith & Naomi Sato
Light design: Bas Vissers
Costume design: Marianka Halters

Los Amantes de Terual is Korzo Production and has been financed by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, Science and Education, The Hague, and through the Secretary of Arts and Culture, Government of the City of Rotterdam.