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Aleix Palau | 28 May 2021

‎“The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra dances Ravel” this Sunday on TV3‎

On Sunday 30 May, at 12.25 pm, “Diumenge, concert” (Sunday, concert) presents “The ‎Barcelona Symphony Orchestra dances Ravel”, a L’Auditori Educational Project production ‎recorded on 3 December 2020.‎

‎“The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra dances Ravel” this Sunday on TV3‎

The concert highlights the dialogue between artistic disciplines and offers ‎insight into the music of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel through contemporary ‎dance. Performed by the musicians of the Barcelona Symphony ‎Orchestra, under the baton of Greek conductor Zoi Tsokanou, ‎and accompanied by six dancers directed by choreographer Antonio Ruz, ‎who guide us on this journey through sound and movement, this family show forms part of ‎L’Auditori’s Educational Project.‎
Under the musical direction of Zoi Tsokanou, and with stage direction and choreography by ‎Antonio Ruz, winner of the Spanish National Dance Award, the show is based on the story ‎and the music of “Ma mère l'Oye” (Mother Goose), one of Maurice Ravel’s most spectacular ‎and representative symphonic works. Using this music, a group of dancers tell us, through ‎dance, some of the best known children’s tales of all time, including “Beauty and the Beast”, ‎‎“Hop-o'-My-Thumb” and “Sleeping Beauty”.‎
Antonio Ruz has developed a show in which he searches for forms of ‎dialogue between dance, dramatic language and live music. This is done through ‎choreography practised by children at school and at home, danced at L’Auditori by children ‎and their families at the end of the concert.‎

Zoi Tsokanou
Zoi Tsokanou is the first woman in history to conduct a major Greek orchestra. Her vitality ‎and passion on stage in numerous operatic and symphonic engagements have made her ‎famous. Since the 2017-2018 season, she has been the principal conductor and artistic ‎director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.‎
Her latest appearances include those with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Lille ‎National Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Sofia Philharmonic, the ‎Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra ‎and Choir, the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra ‎Ingolstadt, as well as the leading Greek orchestras: the Athens State Orchestra, the Greek ‎Radio Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera of Greece. She has participated in ‎renowned festivals such as Lucerne, Athens, the Schumann Festival in Düsseldorf and the ‎Domstufen Festival.‎
Tsokanou was the resident director of the Theater Erfurt (Germany), associate director of ‎the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic) and musical director of the Arosa ‎Music Theater (Switzerland). Her operatic repertoire includes pieces such as ‎‎Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Macbeth, Othello, ‎‎Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana, Gluck’s Orpheus and ‎Eurydice, Die verkaufte Braut (The Bartered Bride), Gounod’s ‎‎Faust, Zandonai’s Romeo and Juliet, The Barber of ‎Seville, Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), Die ‎Fledermaus and West Side Story, and she has directed them in theatres ‎in Erfurt, Bremen, Regensburg, The Hague, Athens and Thessaloniki.‎
One of the most memorable periods of her career was an assistantship with her mentor B. ‎Haitink at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. She has won prizes in many international conducting ‎competitions. Tsokanou was born in Thessaloniki, where she graduated as a pianist and ‎musicologist. In Zurich she studied piano with Konstantin Scherbakov and conducting with ‎Johannes Schlaefli.‎


Zoi Tsokanou, musical director ‎
Antonio Ruz, stage director and choreographer ‎
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Èlia López, assistant director and choreographer ‎
Anne-Cécile Espinach, wardrobe ‎
Dancers/Choreographic participants: Iris Borràs/Gemma Cuartero/Borja ‎Fernández/Laura García Aguilera/Alexa Moya/Cristina Reolid/Carlos Roncero/Pere Seda
With the participation of the piano students of IEA Oriol Martorell.‎
“Diumenge, concert” (Sunday, concert) is a new musical concept ‎‎directed and presented by Àlex Robles Fitó, working with Catalonia's top ‎music schools, artists and concert organisers to showcase and raise awareness of the work of ‎musicians and artists. The programme content is published on the portal of TV3 and the ‎broadcasted concerts are available at tv3alacarta.‎

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