Gran Bolero

Coproduced by the two most important dance houses in Spain, Madrilenian Teatros del Canal and Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Gran Bolero brings us into a new dimension of Ravel’s famous composition.

Gran Bolero is body and time. In this choreography six dancers from Madrid and six dancers from Barcelona come together to devote themselves to dance and revisit a musical score composed by Ravel in 1928 as an orchestral transcription of a traditional Spanish dance.

Gran Bolero is a great opportunity to remember that there was a day when we decided that dance and music would save us from everything else. Ravel ́s Boléro is based on eponymous traditonal Spanish dances from the 18th century. Ravel ́s piece consists of two repeated themes that become more and more exhilarating as the piece goes on. Jesús created his choreography Gran Bolero when he himself was at an impasse: „Everything was difficult and I didn’t know what to do. One day I listened to Ravel ́s Boléro. It’s like an impulse, moving forward. I got carried away. Music and dance can save you from loneliness. Dance gives you hope, music leads you to better times“.

Gran Bolero is an intense piece. It ́s an ode to hope and to dance itself. Lightness fights with gravity on the very thin line between pleasure and exhaustion. In the footsteps of the music, Jesús also hearkens back to traditional Spanish dance, to the traces of a collective memory, a past upon which the present is built. It ́s a dance to celebrate the time and space we share.

Jesús Rubio Gamo is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Madrid. His work has been presented at national and international festivals. In 2020 Spanish National Radio awarded him the Prize Ojo Crítico in dance. In addition, his creation, Gran Bolero was awarded the MAX Prize as the best dance production in 2020.


Tanzbiennale Heidelberg (DE)


GUIdance Festival Guimarães (PT)