Dancers on Tour
¡Viva! is Manuel Liñán’s new production that has been awarded the 21st Critics’ Prize at the 24th Festival de Jerez. This production is a song for the freedom of movement. Females are embraced as their own by the male body, as gender patterns, in a rigidly codified world such as flamenco, are broken by both joy and pleasure. This creates new spaces which, although unexplored, seem close to us.
Twenty years ago, “Flamenco” by Carlos Saura, an indispensable film in the filmography of the flamenco song form, known as the cante jondo, premiered. In his film, the filmmaker 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. Belén Maya’s freshness, originality and personality captivated the prestigious filmmaker, who justified his choice with the eloquent phrase: “it doesn’t seem like flamenco”.
Francisco Hidalgo presents his new show “See, Listen and Dance“, under the stage production of Mariana Collado. This production is based on traditional flamenco and the ‘Cafés Cantantes’ (typical Spanish musical establishments in the 19th century) showing where he gets his inspiration from, be that from what he sees, hears or makes him dance.
Antonio Amaya, better known in the world of Flamenco and to his friends and family as “Petete” is a “bailaor” and “palmero” from Seville. He was born into a family of artists; one of these being Remedios Amaya, who is one of the greatest female voices of recent decades.
What better way to showcase the Iberian Peninsula culture than with the very powerful Fado song and popular Flamenco dance? Both Fado from Portugal and Flamenco from Spain have recently been declared Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO…
We have toured recently with these following dancers. We can easily tour again with them on demand.
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.
The simple, floral pillars perfectly frame the opening to A Rendez-Vous, a show which begins quietly and softly. The introduction with the female soloist dancer reflects the state of the garden setting: tranquil, gentle, beautiful. A slow tension builds as she moves her way across the stage: it is as if she is searching for something else, something different.
One of the most traditional fusions in Flamenco is the “Al-Andalus” islamic music, or Sephardi music, with Flamenco. Juan Peña “El Lebrijano” was one of the pioneers who researched and recorded with Tanger Al-Andalus Orchestra. This investigation became a fashion in the early 80s and many more sang in this style, for example Lole Montoya…
DJ & Flamenco
Now, Flamenco sounds like techno too. The dancing is still in the Flamenco style, but it adopts its own personal, electric, performative language.
The resonant space and bass sounds are the basis for creating an atmosphere full of rhythms and textures, which come together to create a musically and pysically explosive mix.