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Utopía by María Pagés Compañía (Spain)

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
$360, 280, 220, 160


Artistic Director: María Pagés


Utopía is María Pagés’ latest creation.


A declaration of principles in the form of Flamenco dance, born of the admiration the artist holds for the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. A humanist whom, at his 104 years of age, leaves the unmistakable sinuosity of his buildings to us as a legacy, as well as - above all - the integrity, commitment and solidarity that guide his life, that has become both an inspiration and a message. A message that Oscar transmitted to Maria during their encounters in his studio in Copacabana. This is an emotional reflection on the yearning, the imagination and the instinct that human beings possess, empowering themselves to dream of living in a better future.


This is a global project, in which seven Flamenco dancers dance with María Pagés, embodying the ethics and aesthetics of desire, nonconformity and utopia.

This is a space that is nourished by Oscar’s rough drawings – the curves that create Nature’s silhouettes. In the architect’s words: “I am not attracted by the straight line, hard, inflexible, man-made. What attracts me is the curve, free and sensual. The curve that I find in the mountains in my country, in the sinuosity of its rivers, in the waves of the sea, in the clouds in the sky, in the body of my favorite woman. The Universe is made up of curves, Einstein’s curved Universe.”


Utopía, in essence, is the title for a poetical dance, which summons up poems by Baudelaire, Benedetti, Neruda, Machado, Larbi El Harti and Niemeyer himself, as well as lines from Cervantes’ Quixote. These are poems that delve into solidarity, commitment, exile, the fleetingness of Life, the littleness of Man in a cosmos that is indifferent to his miseries and greatnesses, and – now more than ever – on the need for imagination and idealism as the necessary motors of change.


All this is danced by Maria and spoken by Oscar: “When Life is degraded and Hope flees from the hearts of mankind, revolution is the only path to take.”


* Running time of this programme is about 1 hour 10 minutes without intermission


María Pagés


María Pagés was born in Sevilla. She is internationally renowned for her personal concept of the aesthetics of Flamenco art. She understands art as being unlimited and has justly conquered her own place in the world dance panorama.


Whilst making use of the conventional codes in the language of Flamenco, and investigating its insides and outs, Pagés has proved to be a real pioneer in conceiving Flamenco as an art that is in constant evolution, modern and alive. She has gone beyond cultural differences in her choreographies, convinced that artistic interaction favors understanding between human beings. As she herself says, Flamenco is a clear example of how the uniting of cultures, race and religions can create an echo that is common to all. In 2002 she was awarded the National Prize for Dance (for Creation), and the ADE Choreography Award in 1996. She was distinguished with the Leonide Massine Art of Dance Award (“Al Valore” section), in 2004, six “Giraldillo” awards in the Art of Flamenco Biennial in Seville and the Prize for Culture from the Community of Madrid in 2007, amongst many other acknowledgements and awards. She began her career in Flamenco with the Antonio Gades Dance Company. Amongst her incursions in movies one should highlight her participation in Carmen, El Amor Brujo and Flamenco, all directed by Carlos Saura.


In 1990 she created the María Pagés Dance Company. Throughout these years the Company has been present on the world’s best and most prestigious stages, and has also propelled tours with social objectives in countries such as India, Mozambique, Mexico and Honduras. In October 2005, the Company was honored with being chosen to perform at the inauguration of the Ibero-American Summit, which took place in Salamanca. The inaugural act included the premiere of the choreography created to illustrate José Saramago’s poem: Ergo uma rosa.


Mikhail Baryshnikov invited María to dance at the BAC (Baryshnikov Arts Center) in New York in 2007; a project that was completed with a choreographic creation by Maria whilst in residence at the BAC.


In October 2009, the Teatro Real de Madrid (Madrid Royal Opera Theater) included the Maria Pagés Company in their season dedicated to Dance. The Company has also worked in collaboration with Placido Domingo in Placido y la copla. This same year the show Dunas was premiered and created together with the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, where the two artists fuse Flamenco and Modern dance, establishing a dialogue full of poetic content.


In January 2010, she was responsible for the conception and direction of the Gala that marked the beginning of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, that took place in the Teatro Real de Madrid. In this Gala, Maria shared the stage with Tamara Rojo and created a special choreography which they were both performed accompanied by the Spanish National Choir. This year also saw the successful premiere of Soleá pas de deux, in the New York City Center, a choreography specially written by María Pagés for Ángel Corella.  In June 2010, Mirada was premiered in Seville, closing the season at the Teatro de la Maestranza, being unanimously acknowledged by both public and critics.


Pagés’ latest project, Utopía, premiered at the Niemeyer Center in Avilés, Spain, in October 2011, is an ethical and aesthetic reflection on yearning, nonconformity and the human capacity for dreaming of themselves living in a better future.


Creative and Cast


Creative Team:

Idea, Direction and Choreographer: María Pagés

Farruca Choreography and Assistant Choreographer: José Barrios

Music and Arrangements:

Rubén Lebaniegos, Fred Martins, Isaac Muñoz, José “Fyty” Carrillo


Charles Baudelaire, Mario Benedetti, Miguel de Cervantes,

Antonio Machado, Larbi El Harti, Pablo Neruda, Oscar Niemeyer, Marcelo Diniz

Lighting: Pau Fullana

Set and Costume Design: María Pagés

Sound Design: Albert Cortada




María Pagés, Isabel Rodríguez, María Vega, Eva Varela,

José Barrios, José Antonio Jurado, Paco Berbel, Rubén Puertas



Ana Ramón and Juan de Mairena (singers)

Rubén Lebaniegos and José “Fyty” Carrillo (guitars)

Fred Martins (voice, guitar and “cavaquinho”)

Sergio Menem (cello)

Chema Uriarte (percussion)

Ticketing & Discount

Tickets available from 22 February onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking


Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.


Group Booking Discounts
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets at regular price, 15% off for 10-19 tickets, and 20% off for 20 tickets or more


Patrons could enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each ticket. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase


Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary



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