An overview of past and present, Gala Flamenca, simplicity framed sensational dancing and music. Flamenco as it should be. Take a look at the Jondo World of the last decades. Innovation, tradition, experience and youth in time to the music
Olga Pericet (1975), National Dance Prize 2018, is one of the top figures of her generation in the world of flamenco and Spanish dance and is one of the revolutionary artists of recent times. With an absolute technical prowess, she has developed a harmonious and exquisite style, revealing great plasticity on stage, resulting her receipt of a Premio MAX for best principal female dancer in 2015. In 2004 she launched her career as choreographer and soloist with the show “Bolero, carta de amor y desamor”, and a year later, together with Manuel Liñán, she created the show “Cámara negra”. This same year, she created a company, Chanta la Mui, together with Marco Flores and Daniel Doña, which has offered a handful of works revealing their revolutionary vision of flamenco dance. On her own, she has created such works as “Rosa, Metal, Ceniza”, “De una pieza “, “Pisadas fin y principio de mujer” and “Flamenco Untitled”, obtaining great critical and public recognition. This recognition includes: the extraordinary award of the ACE Theatre AWARDS 2016, the Critical Eye award RNE 2014, the National Pilar López Flamenco Award, among others.
Winner of the 2017 National Dance Award, Manuel Liñan was born in Granada and studied with the legendary Manolete and Mario Maya. Manuel not only shines as a dancer but also as a choreographer and a director. He has been invited on numerous occasions to choreograph shows by companies such as the National Ballet of Spain, Rafaela Carrasco, Teresa Nieto and the New Spanish Ballet. In 2008, Manuel began his solo career and started touring numerous prestigious festivals such as the Festival de Jerez, which earned him the 2012 Revelation Prize for Dance. A year later, his talent was recognized receiving the Max Awards for Performing Arts, as the Best Male Dance Performer and the Flamenco Hoy Critics Award for Best Dancer. In 2016, Manuel presented Reversible, winning the Critics Prize in the Festival of Jerez.
Marco Flores desde 2003 a 2010 desarrolla su carrera profesional junto a los coreógrafos Manuel Liñán, Olga Pericet y Daniel Doña. A partir de 2010, crea su propia compañía, con la que suma ya ocho producciones propias. Flores acumula nueve galardones que corroboran su sólida carrera: Es Premio Nacional de Flamenco, Premio de la Crítica Especializada del Festival de Jerez, y Premio Ojo Crítico de Danza 2018 (RNE), entre otros. También ha coreografiado para importantes compañías de danza y flamenco, entre las que destaca el Ballet Nacional de España. Su compañía ha tenido presencia en los teatros y festivales de más prestigio a nivel mundial: Bienal de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez, Madrid En Danza, SuMa Flamenca (Madrid), Festival Flamenco Madrid, Festival de Nimes, Flamenco Festival (Londres), Kuopio Dance Festival, Fest. Candences d’Arcachon; Teatros del Canal de Madrid, Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Maison de la Danse, City Center (NYC), Teatro Lope de Vega de Sevilla, Gran Teatro de Gotemburgo (Stora Teatern), etc.
MAX Award 2019 BEST MALE PERFORMER IN DANCE for PSIQUE. Dancer and choreographer Daniel Doña moves between a renewing Spanish dance, flamenco and the most contemporary dance, dodging disciplinary boundaries. Award “EL OJO CRÍTICO de RNE 2016 in the modality of DANCE”, Daniel Doña is presented as one of the maximum exponents of the current Spanish dance combining in his works the artistic essence of diverse languages. Leading his own group since 2013, the company has become one of the most innovative references of the national and international scene with shows that combine tradition with new trends in Spanish Dance and flamenco. Among the company’s pieces are: A pie (2013),A pie de calle (2014), Black Box (2014), No Pausa (2015), Hábitat (2016), Cuerpo a Cuerpo (2017) and Psique (2018). Her shows have been programmed in major performing arts events such as the Festival de Jerez, the Festival de Otoño de Madrid, Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea MASDANZA, Festival Tanzhaus (Düsseldorf, Germany), Mes de Danza de Sevilla, Festival Iberoamericano de Bogotá, Festival Dantza Hirian, Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza, Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Festival Internacional en espacios urbanos Lekuz Leku.
Twenty years ago, ‘Flamenco’ by Carlos Saura, a very important film in the filmography of the flamenco song form, the cante jondo, had its premiere. In his film, the director chose Belén Maya as one of the representatives of the new aesthetics of flamenco. Her image even inspired the promotional poster of the film. Maya’s freshness, originality and personality captivated the prestigious filmmaker, who justified his choice, stating: ‘it doesn’t seem like flamenco’. Ever since, Maya has become an icon of cutting-edge flamenco dance. In 2014, Maya celebrated the third decade of her career, diving into the depths of classicism with the show ‘Los Invitados’, which won the Critics Award at Jérez Festival. This festival, specifically dedicated to flamenco dance, is the most important of its kind in the world. Now Maya continues to explore new paths in her professional life. Maya’s new proposal brings to life the verses of Juan Ramón Jiménez when he wrote: ‘the wings of the artist become rooted and her roots fly…’. Her proposal ‘Romnia’, (‘women’, in Romani language), is a celebration of ‘Gypsyness’, without any feelings of victimisation. The show – sometimes compassionate, sometimes joyful – examines the plight of women, whose courage to survive has led them to a new ethical and aesthetic commitment.