Presented by Adelaide Festival
DANCE / SPAIN
Australian Premiere / Adelaide Exclusive
Galván is a rock star of flamenco. His technical prowess is jaw dropping: he can generate and sustain intricate rhythms like a master percussionist, but his instrument is his body; indeed to draw a distinction between music and dance in his work is impossible.
As a dancer, Israel Galván is touched by the kind of genius that puts him into a category of his own. The Guardian UK
While he’s drenched in tradition and has won every flamenco prize there is to win, he’s certainly no traditionalist. FLA.CO.MEN, a concerto for dancer and six musicians, is the creation of a true maverick: a wildly unpredictable deconstruction of a centuries-old art form. The customary guitars and steel-jawed machismo are there, but so is avant-garde jazz and self-mockery, delicacy, lyricism, clowning one moment and haunting beauty the next.
Just as dance critics around the world have attested, Galván’s restless curiosity, quirky sense of humour and sublime flamenco artistry will keep you pinned to your seat.
To call Galván a brilliant dancer is like saying Einstein was pretty good at physics. I have never seen anything remotely like him Daily Express UK
Galván as prodigy, anarchist, avenging angel to every hoary Hispanic cliché … a visionary, a questing and questioning virtuoso, a marvel of the dance. Financial Times
It is challenging, provocative, funny, irritating and thrilling and I loved every minute of it. The Stage UK
Production by A NEGRO PRODUCCIONES
Co-production Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Théâtre de Nîmes – Scène conventionée pour la danse contemporaine.
With the Support of Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco, Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) .
Israel Galván is an Associate Artist of Théâtre de la Ville de París.
Image: Luis Castilla Fotographica