Biography Israel Galván
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.
Israel Galván was born into flamenco dance. He grew up learning and dancing with his father, the dancer José Galvan, and his mother, Eugenia de los Reyes.
In 1994 He joined the Compañia Andaluza de Danza directed by Mario Maya, and over the next decade won just about every top flamenco prize possible, including the Giradillo prize at Seville’s flamenco Biennal, the Flamenco Hoy critics’ award for best dancer of the year, which he received in both 2001,2005, and Spain’s national dance prize, 2008 Premio Ciutat de Barcelona.
Forming his own company in 1998 to create his first work Mira Los Zapatos Rojos, his reputation as risk taker grows each time he presents a new work since then, Metamorphosis,, his flamenco version of Kafka’s novel ; Arena, his dramatic and surprising choreography based on bull fighting ; La Edad de Oro, in which he clings to references tracking the normal approaches and shuns "Age" ; Tabula Rasa in which he turns the canon uspide down to offer his conceptualist and baroque flamenco ; Solo, its most experimental and risky piece in which silence plays as a music. And his personal and so impacting vision of « the Apocalypse », El Final de este estado de cosas redux, premiered at the Operahouse La Maestranza of Sevilla (Summer 2008).
In each of his works, Israel Galván has been collaborating with classic flamenco artists including Fernando Terremoto, Inés Bacan, Bobote, El Electrico, and contemporary flamenco innovators including Enrique Morente, Gerardo Núñez, Miguel Poveda, Diego Carrasco, Diego Amador, Alfredo Lagos, and with contemporary musicians.