Eva Yerbabuena, Jesús Carmona, Carmen Linares, Arcángel, Marina Heredia, Dorantes, Chano Domínguez, Rosalía & Raül Refree, Niño de Elche or the Ballet Nacional de España, directed by Antonio Najarro, are just a few of the artists and companies that will take part in this XV edition, opening their art to the dialogues between flamenco and other musical languages and cultures.
This year, with the Flamenco Eñe program created by the SGAE Foundation, Flamenco Festival also offers a glimpse of some of the most adventurous musical mixes in the flamenco scene, hosted by The Joe’s Pub at The Public and Roulette in New York.
During its 15th edition in NYC, Flamenco Festival will celebrate 18 years of taking ‘jondo’ art to the US, promoting the culture of dialogue through the exchange of flamenco with jazz and world music. For another year, renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, NY City Center or Lincoln Center will host this annual rendezvous with flamenco that has already featured many of Spain’s most important artists.
Highlights of the Flamenco Festival USA 2018 include:
- The return to New York of the Ballet Nacional de Españadirected by Antonio Najarro after nearly 20 years.
- The premiere of the Festival in Atlanta, featuring dancer and choreographer Eva Yerbabuena.
- Exploring Stilness studio event at New York City Center with ‘bailaor’ Jesús Carmona, New York City Ballet dancer Joaquín de Luz, and director David Neumann melding flamenco and classical dance.
- The merging of flamenco and jazz featuring flamenco piano pioneer Dorantes’ encounter with double-bassist Adam Ben Erzaand famed Rolling Stones’ sax player Tim Ries at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
- The premiere in NY of the new flamenco talents Rosalía and Niño de Elche who visit for the first time the stages of the city.
- The show Legendary Musical Dynasties that will blend the exceptional guitar talent of Familia Habichuela and the latin O’Farrill dynasty.
Without any doubt, this festival has become one of the foremost Spanish cultural events outside Spain. The New York Times called the Flamenco Festival “one of the biggest dance events in New York City” and Newsday called it “one of New York City’s most important events.”
Flamenco, and particularly its dance, the most recognizable Spanish artistic expression abroad, will be again featured in a festival that will tour North America during the month of March. A total of 41 concerts will be presented, 24 of them hosted by eight different venues in New York, and 17 will be shown across the US (Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, Portland), and in Montreal, Canada.
New York City Center, Carnegie Hall, the Town Hall, Lincoln Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Olympia Theater, the Berklee Performing Arts Center and the Irvine Barclay Theatre, to name just a few, will witness all the paths flamenco is able to cross nowadays, with renowned artists and companies such as Ballet Nacional de España, Eva Yerbabuena, Chano Domínguez, Dorantes, Adam Ben Ezra, Tim Ries, Jesús Carmona, Carmen Linares, Arcángel, Marina Heredia, the Habichuelas & the O’Farrills, José Antonio Rodríguez, Antonio Lizana, Niño de Elche, La Banda Morisca or Rosalía & Raül Refree.
Also, Flamenco Festival will again bring to the US the Fundación SGAE’s Flamenco Eñe series, dedicated to the most avant-garde flamenco expressions, featuring Angelita Montoya, Rycardo Moreno, Daniel Casares and Naike & Paquete.
As in previous festivals, Flamenco Festival 2018 includes conferences, meetings, classes and workshops.
Flamenco Festival New York is presented in collaboration with New York City Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Schimmel Center, Robert Browning Associates at Roulette, Joe’s Pub, and the Foundation for Iberian Music at CUNY Graduate Center. It is supported by INAEM, Fundación SGAE, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Harkness Foundation, Consulado de España en Nueva York, and Oficina de Turismo de Nueva York. Flamenco Festival Miami is presented in collaboration with the Adrienne Arsht Center and the support of INAEM.
The most important platform for flamenco worldwide
Primarily based on New York, throughout its 22 years of history, Flamenco Festival has taken over almost the entire world, having presence in 101 cities and presenting 129 companies, 1.225 shows and 1,600.000 attendees. Only in the last XV edition, it took flamenco to cities such as London, Manchester, New York, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine or Portland.
Flamenco Festival in 2018
These last editions, Flamenco Festival has been…