Revisited flamenco that takes audiences in unexpected directions.
The fractured title, FLA.CO.MEN, gives an immediate idea of the dizzying show to come. The striking thing about this Sevillian dancer-choreographer is his incredible freedom, and FLA.CO.MEN is further proof of that. Though he adheres to a precise rhythmic line, he delights in playing with his technique and himself as a dancer. He enters the stage wearing a white apron, ready to stir up the ingredients of a highly personal recipe: a savant mix of self-derision and virtuosity, fantasy and beauty.
His hands alone tell epic poems, with calligraphic curves and kinetic illusions. Accompanied by four free-jazz musicians and two pure flamenco singers, Israel Galván transforms this dance into a joyous, inspired circus. He makes fun of himself and experiments with the music of flamenco. Coins, toast, leather - Galván combines the most unexpected elements, as if he were trying to surprise even himself and to reinvent his art. With perfect mastery in every show, he takes that art and shatters it. This unorthodox dancer stretches the boundaries, challenging all that he has learned since childhood, sending the traditionalists around him into a fit of incomprehension, especially in his early days.
In this work created for the Flamenco Biennale of Seville in 2014, he again pushes his art to the edge, breaking not only from tradition but also from his earlier works and from a certain idea of flamenco and its established codes. He also breaks away from his own image, tearing it apart as he does his relationship to the music. Surrounded by an eclectic group with two singers of contrasting tonalities, David Lagos and Tomas de Perrate, a surprising guitarist, Caracafé, an amazing multi-instrumentalist, Eloisa Canton, and the two musicians of Proyecto Lorca – sax player Juan Jimenez Alba and the playful percussionist Antonio Moreno – the dancer-choreographer entertains a dialogue with each of them. His body breathes the dance with every step, embracing its dissonances and missteps as well, in variations of rhythm and movement that defy reason, from the tips of his fingers down to his heels. The show is luminous and roguish, serious and joyful - the self-portrait of a truly stunning artist.
[RUN TIME] 1HR15
SOLO CRÉATION 2014 - Interprétation et chorégraphie Israel Galván Musiciens David Lagos, Tomás de Perrate, Eloisa Cantón, Caracafé, Proyecto Lorca (Juan Jiménez Alba, Antonio Moreno) Direction artistique et chorégraphie de Sevillanas Pedro G. Romero Mise en scène et chorégraphie de Alegrías Patricia Caballero Création lumières Rubén Camacho Son Pedro León Direction technique Pablo Pujol Coordination des répétitions et régie Balbi Parra Costumes Concha Rodríguez Production A Negro Producciones Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Théâtre de Nîmes Scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine Avec le soutien de Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco (Espagne), Consejería de Educación (Espagne), Cultura y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía (Espagne), Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER) Israel Galván est artiste associé du Théâtre de la Ville Paris, et du Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (Espagne) Remerciements Teatro Central Sevilla (Espagne)