Flamenco Festival London 2017
Flamenco Festival London 2017 takes the best of "Auteur Flamenco" to Sadler's Wells under the banner "Flamenco and Beyond"
Israel Galván, Eva Yerbabuena, Manuel Liñán, Rocío Márquez, Mercedes Ruiz... a selection of artists who explore their own dance language and develop a truly "auteur flamenco”
Flamenco Festival London 2017 brings seven different shows that explore new ways of expression for flamenco and develop connections with the art form and jazz.
After twelve editions that have made it one of the most significant cultural events of the city, Flamenco Festival London returns from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26th February 2017 under the banner Flamenco and Beyond, representing the varied styles of this celebrated art form with a selection of authors that go beyond its traditions by opening new roads. This is a great opportunity to see leading figures of the Flamenco stage Israel Galván, Rocío Márquez, Eva Yerbabuena and Manuel Liñán's, creators who investigate in their own universes to generate new discourses. On its 13th anniversary, this unmissable event for the London aficionados returns to its headquarters at the prestigious Sadler's Wells Theater, one of the most renowned dance centers in Europe, through which the most important companies of the international scene pass every year, such as American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Pina Bausch and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others.
Flamenco Festival continues in its desire to bring flamenco to other countries through its best representatives and, before travelling to New York and Miami, presents a program that turns London into the capital of flamenco dance. It proposes a series of public events in which enjoying the best "auteur flamenco" with dancers who opt to create a proper language to express with the body from a deep knowledge of the tradition, whithout forgetting the 'cante' (flamenco singing) and 'toque' (guitar playing). Flamenco Festival London has designed an exceptional proposal, with consolidated artists and a promising generation of authors who investigate the endless possibilities of this art and offer a complete picture of the current state of the flamenco creation, in its widest diversity of styles.
On this occasion, the curtain of Sadler's Wells goes up on February 15th and 16th for Israel Galván, a dancer that can be considered as a label on its own, who deconstructs himself even from the same title of the show, FLA.CO.MEN. Galvan has invented a new way of dancing, and he is undoubtedly one of the greatest regenerators of the flamenco expression. The reflective Eva Yerbabuena invites us to look beyond the Apariencias (Appearances) on February 17th, 18th and 19th. After an hiatus that she took to analyze different artistic concepts and reading to different classical and contemporary authors, the dancer decontextualizes the appearance of flamenco and delves into her own essence to find freedom. On February 21st, Mercedes Ruiz demands our attention with her latest creation Let me dance to you, (Déjame que te baile), influenced by the old and present singing to review her way of feeling dancing.
Sadler's Wells will host on February 23rd, 24th and 25th, with four performances, the world premiere of Gala Flamenca, a show that exhibits the Flamenco Festival trademark that aims to show the variety existing in the flamenco dance today, from classicism to the vanguard of a generation of artists who are seeking new forms based on a great awareness of tradition. Directed by the dancer and choreographer Manuel Liñán, Gala Flamenca features five of the most exciting figures that nowadays showcase the creativity on the flamenco scene, including the legendary Gypsy dancer Juana Amaya and the virtuous and impeccable dance of Jesús Carmona, discovering the new path to the excellence of the dancer Patricia Guerrero, or be surprised by the incombustible innovation of Olga Pericet and Rocío Márquez, considered as one of the shining voices of flamenco today.
The final performance on the main stage will feature the choreographer, director, multi award- winning dancer and also director of Gala Flamenca 2017, Manuel Liñan with his company Cía. Manuel Liñán presenting their UK Premiere of Reversible on Sunday 26th February. Liñán returns to Sadler’s Wells with an emotional voyage back to the memories and instincts of childhood. Framed by children’s games, from jump rope to dressing up, Liñán sets out to discover the core of who we are.
Sadler’s Wells also runs a small flamenco programme in the Lilian Baylis Studio. This year’s programme focuses on intimate music concerts. Opening the programme on Wednesday 22nd February is flamenco guitarist Santiago Lara performing Tribute to Pat Metheny, a concert co- presented by Instituto Cervantes as part of a concert series the Institute organize called Guitarrísimo. The show is a flamenco tribute to American jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Metheny.
The festival’s finale, that also completes the Lilian Baylis programme, will feature flamenco singer Rocío Márquez and flamenco guitarist Miguel Ángel Cortés, who will be performing an intimate concert on Sunday 26th February. Rocío’s captivating style combines tradition, modern elegance and an impressive and passionate vocal delivery.
ABOUT FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
Flamenco Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Spanish culture around the world directed and founded by Miguel Marín. Flamenco Festival’s annual international events showcase the leading flamenco names of today, from world renowned artists and icons of traditional flamenco to the most innovative, emerging young stars of flamenco, dance music and song.
Flamenco Festival London is presented in association with Sadler's Wells Theather, sponsored by Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM), Embajada Española en Londres, Acción Cultural Española, Instituto Cervantes de Londres, Oficina de Turismo de Londres and AIE.
ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.
Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 130 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and three International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.
Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England.
More information of Flamenco Festival London 2017 here.