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“In María Pagés there is the genius of dancing, we all know it and we proclaim it, but there is something else in this woman: she dances and, dancing, moves everything around her, neither the air nor the earth are the same after María Pagés has danced “.
José Saramago, Nobel Prize winner

An Ode to Time is a flamenco choreography about the ephemeral, the permanence and the eternity … With the accumulated professional and vital experience, and incorporating reflections of Plato, Margaret Yourcenar, Jorge Luis Borges, John Cage, Octavio Paz, Heidegger, Marcel Duchamps … María Pagés reflects on the implacable irreversibility of time over the body, desire, art and life. In this work of maturity, the Sevillian choreographer continues her permanent dialogue with the memory of flamenco dancing, which is her own memory. He does it serenely and without taboos to extract his best sap and interpret it from his singularity and his way of seeing and conceiving flamenco dance, choreography and show.

For María Pagés, tradition has always been her source and her agora. He does not conceive of art outside the incessant listening and observation of the cultural heritage, created by dint of genius and perseverance by all those who have dedicated themselves to it. From her polyhedral personality and the syncretic creativity that characterizes her and in an intimate exchange, accompanied by 4 dancers, 4 dancers and 7 live musicians, María Pagés interacts with her flamenco memory both at a dance and musical level to immerse herself in her essence and nourish herself her.

The concern for temporality goes through human life, its great and wonderful paradoxes. Time does everything and undoes it. It relentlessly governs the future of life. It is pure movement. It is a straight line, polyhedron and circle at the same time. There is nothing more subjective than him when emotion accelerates and waiting paralyzes him. It governs individuality and its folds and structures communities and disintegrates them. It is the whole and it is nothing. It is a fiction that we never stop looking for form and meaning. To sift it, understand it or to understand each other?

Time is bridge and abyss. It establishes the conflicts that spine human existence. It tries to regulate, always in a fragile equilibrium, the conflict between the present and the future, the origin and foundation of the clash between order and freedom, security and meaning, desire, reality and the illusion of happiness. It regulates, on the other hand, the conflict between a promising future and a compelling past, between the fullness of the instant and the liquid character of what has been. Birth and death, as a case, do not imply an absolute beginning or an absolute end, but help to discover the experience of eternity through the passage of time.

Time is the enigma of existence, but also the key, the substance and the challenge. Time to be born, time for love, time of indifference, time of youth, of passion and enthusiasm, time of learning and wisdom, time of melancholy that announces the imminent transformations, time of war, time for transcendence and the hope.


María Pagés, direction and choreography

El Arbi El Harti, dramaturgy and texts

Rubén Levaniegos, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Sergio Menem, David Moñiz, Isaac Muñoz, Popular Music, music

El Arbi El Harti lyrics

Tell me the time (Letter inspired by Oda to the numbers of Pablo Neruda)

Your wind is shaking me: Marifé Santiago

Dominique You, light design

María Pagés, costume design

María Pagés and El Arbi El Harti, set design

Eduardo Moreno, realization of scenography

Albert Cortada, sound design

Taller María Calderón, Painting of Fabrics and Clothing

María Pagés, Eva Varela, Virginia Muñoz, Marta Gálvez, Julia Gimeno, José Barrios, Rafael Ramírez, José Carlos Avecilla and Manuel del Río, dance

Ana Ramón (voice), Bernardo Miranda (voice), Rubén Levaniegos (guitar), Isaac Muñoz (guitar), Marina Barba (cello), David Moñiz (violin) and Chema Uriarte (percussion), musicians

María Pagés and El Arbi El Harti, address

Dominique You, technical coordination

Nadia Benot, assistant director, production

José Barrios, choreography assistant


Dominique You, lighting

Kike Cabañas, sound

Andrés Martín, director

A production by María Pagés Compañía

With the collaboration of Peralada Festival, Flamenco Art Biennial of Seville, Granada International Music and Dance Festival, Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival, Teatros del Canal, Baluarte Foundation, Tomás y Valiente Theater, Circus Theater of Albacete and Campoamor Theater of Oviedo .

With the support of INAEM – CAM


Since 1990, the date of the creation of María Pagés Compañía, the Sevillian bailaora and choreographer has made her national and particularly international career an ingrained research project in flamenco and in the Spanish dance and music tradition, always open to dialogue with the universality of the different cultural languages. In her already long career, María Pagés has always sought and claimed the universality of the best values ​​of the “amenco” and the Spanish culture.
He has created and produced the following works:
Sun and shadow (1990)
From the moon to the wind (1994)
The Andalusian dog. Burler shops (1996)
The Tirana (1998)
Flamenco Republic (2001)
Songs before a war (2004)
Seville (2006)
Self-portrait (2008)
Flamenco and poetry (2008)
Dunes (2009)
Look (2010)
Since 2011, María Pagés has integrated to her team the Moroccan writer El Arbi El Harti, who has worked with her in the creation of:
Utopia (2011)
Almost divine, mild (2012)
The joy of children (2013).
Seven hits and one way (2014)
I, Carmen (2014)
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Teatro de la Maestranza + info and programming
how to arrive:


Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 22 (Casco Antiguo).

Medio: Bus: Line 3 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de la Maestranza], Line 21 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de la Maestranza], Line C4 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de la Maestranza], Line 40 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de La Maestranza], Line 41 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de la Maestranza] and Line C5 [Stop Paseo Colón-Teatro de la Maestranza].

Indicación: It is the work of the architects Aurelio del Pozo and Luis Marín. It was inaugurated in 1991. The main hall has a cylindrical shape with a capacity for 1800 spectators. It is distributed in stalls, two terraces, a balcony and paradise. In the year 2007 a reform was made that doubled the size of the stage, which went from 800 square meters to 1600. Thanks to its variable acoustics, different shows can be performed, from operas to classical concerts and recitals, including flamenco, ballet and zarzuelas. In addition to the main hall, the complex contains experimental theater rooms, exhibitions, conferences and a cultural research center. Of particular note is the Manuel García room, in which chamber operas and small format are represented. Likewise, the Teatro de la Maestranza is the headquarters of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville (ROSS), which not only regularly participates in opera performances, but also has an intense concert season throughout the season. In the 2007 reform, an exclusive testing room was incorporated for ROSS.