Biography Israel Galván

Israel Galván

Israel Galvá́n de los Reyes (Seville, 1973)

Israel Galván has been called “revolutionary,” “avant-garde,” and simply “a genius.” Known for complex and rapid-fire footwork punctuated by moments of stillness and silence, Galván dances flamenco on the cutting edge.

Awarded with the National Dance Prize 2005, “Creation” section, by the Culture Department of the Spanish Government, for “his capacity to generate a new creation in an art such as flamenco without forgetting the real roots that have sustained it to the present day and that make of it a universal genre". In 2012 he was honored with the New York Bessie Performance Award for an Outstanding Production (“of a work that stretches the boundaries of a culturally specific form”) and the Fine Arts Medal awarded by the Council of Ministers of Spanish Government.

Son of sevillian bailaores Jose Galván and Eugenia de Los Reyes, he naturally grew up within the atmosphere of tablaos, fiestas and flamenco dance academies, where he used to accompany his father. But it was only in 1990 that he really felt like becoming a dancer.

In 1994, he joined the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, directed by Mario Maya, and this was the beginning of an unstoppable career that would bring him the most important awards in flamenco (and) dance.

Israel Galván has worked on projects of very different nature with artists as diverse as their flamenco masters Enrique Morente and Manuel Soler, dancers as Akram Khan and Sol Pico, or musicians as Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo and Lagartija Nick (among many others).

In 1998 Israel premiered ¡Mira! / Los Zapatos Rojos, his first creation. Praised by all the critics as a stroke of genius, it was effectively a revolution in the entire conception of flamenco shows.

Since then he has presented productions such as La Metamorfosis, Galvánicas, Arena, La Edad de Oro, Tábula Rasa, Solo, El Final de este Estado de Cosas - Redux, Israel vs Los 3000, La Curva and Lo Real/Le Réel/The Real, for which he received 3 Premios Max de Teatro (awards) in May 2014: best dance production, best choreography and best male dancer. His two latest creations, both premiered in 2014, are TOROBAKA (sharing the stage with Akram Khan) and FLA.CO.MEN. He has also created La Francesa and Pastora for his sister Pastora Galván.

Galván is an Associate Artist of Théâtre de la Ville de Paris and Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona.

AWARDS

MEDAL OF ANDALUSIA 2016 Given by the Presidency of Andalusian Autonomic Government (SPAIN)

OFFICIER DANS L’ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES 2016 Given by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (FRANCE)

2015 NATIONAL DANCE AWARD for EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTRY Given by the Critics’ Circle (UNITED KINGDOM)

GOLDEN FINE ARTS MEDAL 2012 Given by the Council of Ministers (SPAIN)

2012 NEW YORK DANCE AND PERFORMANCE BESSIE AWARD for OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

(of a work that stretches the boundaries of a culturally specific form) given by The Bessie Selection Committee (New York – U.S.A.)

MAX AWARD FOR PERFORMING ARTS 2015 To the best Male Principal Dancer Performer

MAX AWARD FOR PERFORMING ARTS 2014

To the best Male Dancer Performer

To the best Dance Performance

To the best Choreography

MAX AWARD FOR PERFORMING ARTS 2012

To the best Male Dancer Performer

To the best Choreography

MAX AWARD FOR PERFORMING ARTS 2011

To the best Male Dancer Performer, given by the Spanish Authors and Editors Society (SGAE)

GRAND PRIX DE DANSE 2009-2010, given by the critics syndicate (FRANCE)

NATIONAL DANCE AWARD 2005 In the category of CREATION, given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture (SPAIN)