World premiere: American Ballet Theater at the City Center in New York, 29 October 1998
Russian premiere: Mikhailovsky Theatre, 15 March 2011
Without Words is a plotless one-act ballet filled with metaphors and allusions. Taking the form of antique statues, the dancers tell a story that can be interpreted as a memory of love and other ordeals which people undergo through their lives. The story is free from details of the routine — it emerges from and goes back into the existential darkness, endless like an eternal sleep. Nacho Duato sees dance as a never-ending melody. He creates exquisite multi-figure compositions, natural movements, steps and lifts. Like fire or water, it feels like you could watch it forever, going with the flow of your thoughts.