Dance and Travel
By Ana Torres |
Discover why going to a dance performance while traveling is a feast for your senses.
DANCE AND TOURISM
Every time we visit venues that promote the arts in each city, we offer our senses a unique experience that transports our imagination to a limitless space. That’s why DINKtravelers recommends staying informed of the shows that will be scheduled at the time of your trip to any given destination, and an easy way to achieve it is by using a little bit of tech help.
By using the TM app (Ticketmaster), available for Android and IOS, you’ll be able to check the programmed dates and times of local concerts and shows listings, while also having the chance to buy your tickets online. Another useful idea is to read the entertainment page in local newspapers in which you’ll find updated information.
THE RITE OF SPRING
For travelers who love performing arts, dance is a great alternative for a cultural evening, so here are two works that you’ll surely enjoy no matter where you are.
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky was composed in 1913 for Serguéi Diáguilev’s Russian ballet. It’s said that its first performances caused such controversy that the audience would rather leave the theater than continue listening to that piece that was so different from what was traditionally presented. Nowadays, more than 100 dance companies around the world have made their own interpretation of this work, as well as several reinterpretations that portray present-day values –as is the case with the German company She She Pop.
The melody guides the representation of the transformations that take place in nature during spring. As the story develops, you’ll meet the main character, the Sun, who is pestered by several natural forces that surround him in order to oblige him to relinquish a bit of his powers so that others may live. Lastly, the prime element of the performance is the dance that slowly constructs a scene that climaxes in a ritual sacrifice.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
On the other hand, Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Musorgsky was composed in 1874 and was originally meant to be interpreted solely on piano, although nowadays it’s more famous for its arrangement for orchestra. This piece pays homage to the artist Víktor Hartmann –Musorgsky’s friend– who died at the age of 39. The composer wanted to represent, through music, some of the paintings that Harmann made and exhibited. In terms of its interpretation through dance, usually the sceneries that accompany this work show great beauty and quality because they are meant to reproduce a museum’s environment in which the dancers wander while admiring the beauty of each of the works that are exhibited.
If you have the opportunity to enjoy any of these shows while you travel, don’t miss the chance and offer your senses a feast of emotions; we assure you that you won’t regret it.