Transcending Gender Identity
Flamenco Festival organised a series of artistic residences in the USA and London festivals during 2019. In these, flamenco dancer Jesus Carmona explored the male social role.
Through a journey of meditation, energy work, physical and emotional digging, writing and experimenting, Carmona explored the range of energy and emotion possible in flamenco and in the embodiment of the masculine, in an attempt to transcend the social conditioning & limited definitions of the male identity.
Thanks to Ferran Carvajal (Artistic director), Jose Ángel Carmona (singer), Ivan Bavcevic (meditation teacher), Chisato Shemesh & Yasmin Mahmoud
This residency results were presented in London at the Sadler’s Wells Theater & Rich Mix. And in Miami in the Arsht Center
Flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona was born in Barcelona, studied Spanish dance and flamenco, began his career as first dancer of the Ballet Nacional de España and worked in the companies of Carmen Cortés, Güito, Rafael Amargo, Canales, La Truco and Nuevo Ballet Español among others. After winning the Desplante prize for dance in La Unión in 2012, and debuting with his company “Cuna Negra” in the last Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, he has firmly found a place in the new generation of flamenco artists with a lot to say and a lot to dance.
“The rapacious way he strides across stage space is terrific, the fast-slicing percussiveness of his feet is brilliant, and the glamorously alert lines and shapes he made through-out the body were almost as radiant as his smiles.”
“The brilliant incisiveness of his footwork raised the evening’s tension”
The New York Times