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Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín (Argentina)
Choreographer: Mauricio Wainrot

El Mesías
April 24, 25 & 26, 2003
Place des Arts

“(…) the bodies move to a volatile, driving beat in the Wainrot style: beyond breathlessness.” La Nacíon

The presence in Montréal of dance companies from South America is an event in itself. Danse Danse is particularly pleased to welcome, for the first time, the Argentina’s best known contemporary dance company, the Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín. Directed by Mauricio Wainrot, the troupe with its 24 sensational interpreters will be at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts to present El Mesías (Messiah), “a work distinguished by a blinding concept of elevation—not simply physical, but spiritual as well (…)” La Prensa.

Commissioned by Belgium’s Ballet Royal, El Mesías was first created in September 1997 by Mauricio Wainrot, and subsequently restaged in a longer version with the Ballet Nacional Chileno, then, in 1999, by his own Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín.

Winner of Chile’s APES (Asociación de Periodistas Especializados) 1999 award for best dance production, El Mesias was also awarded the Teatros del Mundo prize and was named Best Choreography of the year by the daily Clarín. The production’s success is derived not simply from its choreogpapher’s unique style, but also from the fact that “Wainrot has perfectly managed the risk inherent in the creation of a choreographic work like El Mesías: its poetics are no mere ballet accessory looking for a way to rise to the heights of Handel’s music, but a tribute to one of the greatest works of choral music ever written.” El Cronista Comercial

The Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín was the first troupe to officially dedicate itself to modern dance in the homeland of the tango. Founded in 1968, the company was dissolved in 1971 only to be reborn six years later under the direction of Ana María Stekelman. In 1988, it took the name of Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín and launched a stimulating collaboration with the finest choreographers. Since that date, it has performed regularly in Argentina and abroad. In 1999, Mauricio Wainrot took over the company’s artistic direction: the following year, the phenomenal success of his ballet Carmina Burana led the troupe to perform at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. Today, the company boasts a quality repertoire that has won it an excellent international reputation.

Firmly established at the artistic helm of the Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín since 1999, Mauricio Wainrot continues an enviable career as a choreographer. Thus far, 35 European and American companies have called on his creative talents, including the Göteborg Opera Ballet of Sweden, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Nice, the English National Ballet, Germany’s Hannover Opera Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, the Companía National of México, Hubbard Street Dance Company of Chicago and, closer to home, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Montréalers still fondly remember his tour of duty with Montréal’s Ballets Jazz, first as resident choreographer, then as the company’s artistic director during the 1994-1995 season.

Winner of many awards, including the Konex de Coreografic 1999 as best choreographer of the decade, Mauricio Wainrot has designed numerous ballet productions, such as Carmina Burana, A Streetcar Named Desire, MESSIAH, Le Sacre du printemps, Las ochos estaciones, Perpetual Montion, Looking Through Glass, Libertango, 4 Janis for Joplin and 4 tangos.

April 2002

Photos: Carlos Furman