Antonio Ruz offers a refreshing, dream-like interpretation

Play Nit de Sant Joan





Sponsor of the Circle of the Dance




Soirées de Barcelone was Robert Gerhard's second ballet, composed between 1936 and 1939 for the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo in response to a new commission from Colonel de Basil. They never premiered it, however, because the troupe was disbanded.

Léonide Massine, who wanted a "Catalan ballet" based on Catalan dances and folk festivals, travelled to Berga to see the festivities for the eve of Saint John's Day (23 June). The result was a ballet with a scenario by Ventura Gassol which was originally called Els focs de Sant Joan (the Fires of Saint John's Day).

To make the source of inspiration easier to identify abroad, the title was later changed to Soirées de Barcelone.

The basic theme of the magical midsummer night is illustrated by a dance of torchbearers, which arouses the libido of the couples of dancers. They pair off and the ballet concludes with a dawn wedding.

The Liceu presents this coproduction with the Juan March Foundation to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Gerhard, one of the best known Catalan composers the world over. Created by dancer and choreographer Antonio Ruz, it offers a refreshing, dream-like interpretation and a unique chance to enjoy his music.

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Before attending the show

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  • Approximate running time 1h 10min

Artistic profile

Roberto Gerhard
Joan Junyer
Ventura Gassol
Direction and choreography
Antonio Ruz
Coordination and musical assistant
Miguel Baselga
Costumes, props and Costumes Accessories
Rosa García Andújar
Olga García (AAI)
Direction assistant
Elia López
Costume Making
Ines Mancheño
Documentary research
Mònica Tarré Pedreira
Music Edition (unpublished)
Juan de Udaeta
Edition review
Miguel Baselga
Raúl Melcón, Carlos Roncero, Joel Mesa, Aaron Vazquez, Maria Quero, Anna Sagrera, Alexa Moya, Ariadna Saltó and Beatriz Cubero
Carlos Bujosa, Valeria Blasc and Clara Santacana

Coproduction with

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Part of the collaboration between the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Barcelona Provincial Authority which aims to foster the participation and artistic promotion of young dancers of both sexes.
Organized through cooperation between the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Fundació Ferrer-Salat and the Fundació Conservatori del Liceu, which aims to foster the participation of young musicians and creative artists from the Centre Superior de Música, Fundació Conservatori del Liceu.                                                                       
Fundació Música Ferrer-Salat
Fundació Conservatori Liceu

April 2023

Saturday, April 29 at 11am, relaxed performance for those with attention deficit disorder and/or autism, with the support of AENA.


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