Sadler’s Wells hosts 15th anniversary of Flamenco Festival
The annual Flamenco Festival returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre for its fifteenth edition this February. Some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers will be coming together under one roof between 14 and 25 February. This year with a feminine focus, and the aim of ‘reclaiming women’s stories and unearthing the true characters behind the dramatic façade’ they're delving further than the classical images of the flamenco dancer.
A revered singer, two rising stars and a former principal dancer come together to present the Flamenco Festival’s opening show: Tempo of Light. Traditional flamenco singer Carmen Linares performs with Arcángel, Marina Heredia and former principal dancer of Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía Ana Morales to portray the passion that underpins this time-honoured art form, from its gypsy roots through to its modern innovations.
María Pagés Compañía presents Yo Carmen from Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 February. In a revealing expression of feminine soul, Yo Carmen confronts the myths surrounding Prosper Mérimée’s infamous femme fatale in search of the true woman beneath. Delving into the feelings of real women, Pagés and 14 flamenco artists serve as the voice of all women.
On Sunday 18 February, dramatist Pedro G. Romero and flamenco dancers Ursula López, Tamara López and Leonor Leal present Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T. Drawing inspiration from the Symbolist artist Julio Romero de Torres, this hypnotizing performance aims to break clichés and disarm the representations of the archetypal ‘Spanish Woman’ that famously feature in his work.
Considered a genius of his generation, Israel Galván returns to Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 20 February in collaboration with Isabel Bayón Compañía. In Dju-Dju, classical dancer Isabel Bayón reinvents herself, exploring the demons and superstitions of the flamenco world, alongside dancers Alicia Márquez and Nieves Casablanca, directed by Galván.
Legendary flamenco artist La Chana makes a rare appearance at this year’s Gala Flamenca, running from Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 February. Her amazing story is testament to the strength and passion of this art form, providing hope and encouragement to young women globally. Four champions of flamenco puro, Ángel Rojas, Antonio Canales, El Farru, Gema Moneo, come together to celebrate her inspiring story of survival and empowerment.
For the penultimate show on Saturday 24 February, Jesús Carmona and his dance company pioneer a flamenco evolution. With flawless footwork and ballet-infused moves, Ímpetus is an irresistible interpretation of famous scores from some of Spain’s most beloved composers.
Closing this year’s festival, on Sunday 25 February, Compañía Rafaela Carrasco presents Born a Shadow. Inspired by the hidden voices of Teresa de Jesus, María de Zayas, María Calderón and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the show weaves flamenco rhythms and spoken word to break their silence and uncover the secrets of the Spanish Golden Age.
For more information on the art of flamenco in Spain, please visit http://www.spain.info/en_GB/consultas/turismo-tematico/flamenco-spain.html