For anyone who would think that master choreographer Spain’s master choreographer Nacho Duato’s 2nd company La Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 is in the shadow of his principal company, they would be mistaken. The troupe of 14, all under 25, could be considered apprendices just in name only. As co-artistic director, Tony Fabre said during their performances this week “People don’t really see this as a junior company, because of the level of dance.”

A current month long tour is winding down in Philly. They showed no tour fatigue with this stellar all-Duato program- dancing in the moment. A smaller crowd at yesterday’s matinee performance at the Annenberg, filled up the hall with livid applause for the sheer power and beauty of La CNdD2.

‘Duende‘ set to music by Debussy, ’Without Words’ scored to a Schubert song cycle and the mesmerizing ’Gnawa’ first premiered on the Annenberg stage by Hubbard Dance Street Chicago in 2006.

‘Gnawa’s’ Moroccan polyrhythm and African songs provide the sound field for Duato’s motifs rooted in regional rituals. Duato’s communals deeply rooted in eternal pan Medeterrian dance. The central pas de deux spins into transcendent intimacy past any sexual scenario.

Fabre says that Duato “is incredibly busy with the first company, but he rehearses with us as much as he can. This work has so much of that energy. The young dancers are from all over the world and are really tuned in to this work.”