Amor Brujo – Siudy Garrido
“The new introduction included Garrido’s solo dance as a widow in black in ecstatic mourning. It was mesmerizing…” – LA Times
“Love, the Magician” is the original masterpiece of renowned composer Manuel de Falla, a play for orchestra of highlighted Andaluz nature, premiered in 1914-1915 and 1921-1925 with a 30 min duration.
The music contains moments of great beauty and originality, with three short songs for mezzo-soprano. The repertoire includes the famous Fire dance ritual, Song of the will-ó-the-Wisp, and Dance of Terror.
Siudy Garrido, artistic director and choreographer, tells this magical story of spells and sorcery from the perspective of flamenco, in which the voice of the mezzo-soprano singer is substituted by the renowned flamenco Singer “Argentina”, and along the original music prelude by Spanish guitarist José Luis de la Paz, the composition is taken to a 45 min duration, bringing the audience closer to the flamenco colors that Falla was passionate about.
This staging was launched in the Walt Disney Concert Hall of Los Angeles, with the LA PHIL conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and a special collaboration from dancer Farruquito in the character of Carmelo.
The original performance stages a cast comprised of 12 artists (9 dancers and 3 flamenco musicians) that accompany the philharmonic.“Love, the Magician” tells the story of Candelas, a young widowed gipsy tormented by the spectrum of her late husband, and her struggle to adapt to life without him.