Blue/The black paintings

In Szeged Contemporary Dance Company’s new performance ‘Blue’ coreographer Tamás Juronics uses the colour as a symbol and builds his creation around it’s various meanings. He simply colours the dancers forming differences between individuals and groups leading the audience to various associations. In English the word blue reminds us of a dark mood and the roots of blues music origins from this meaning too. The coreographer uses this special meaning of blue mixing it with the world of blues music in his creation.

After the Spanish painter’s death, fourteen murals were found, painted on the walls of his house outside of Madrid where Francisco Goya spend his last years of his life. They portray intense, haunting themes, reflective of both his fear of insanity and his bleak outlook on humanity.

Linning places Goya’s paintings and her own vision of the current state of today’s society as a universal story of light and darkness; the struggle to find lightness and hope in times of crisis, oppression and despair.

Set to the metaphysical music of Arvo Pärt’s 4th Symphony, Nanine Linning drew her inspiration from Hesiod’s Theogony and the arguably darkest pictures of Goya’s legendary Black Paintings series: Saturn Devouring his Son. The first part, The Black Paintings, was commissioned by Gauthier Dance in 2015. For Szegedi Kortárs Balett, Hungarian renowend contemporary dance company, she adds a second part to continue her series of short pieces under the title of The Black Paintings.


The black paintings

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