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London Duende

London Duende

A final fitting informal cap to the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival is the Peña Flamenca de Londres‘ celebration of the life and works of Lorca by Sam Quy (who is about to start a new bata de cola course with La Escuela de Baile). Visiting London’s oldest peña feels like coming home and many of the London […]

London Duende

I jaleo with the best of them and don’t seem to be able stop myself. I even find myself saying “ole” while I’m photographing dancers on the stage. But I surprised even myself when I heard the phrase “tan guapo” (too good-looking) from my own mouth at the end of the photocall with Farruquito (pictured).

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It’s about 6pm and while Gala Flamenca enthusiasts meeting friends early are mingling with people in the queue to see the BBC’s Frank Spencer (at the Lilian Baylis Theatre next door) I’ve managed to catch up with Belén Castres (pictured). She’s the person responsible for co-ordination and liaison between the troupes and the host organisations.

London Duende

Always a safe bet, the Gala attracts those who love flamenco but are hedging their bets, and aficionados who are attracted to the people performing. This year the calibre and variety of styles of dancers and musicians was well balanced. Each performer shared their joy in flamenco, creating a sunny seamless whole.

London Duende

Given the interesting (but slightly overexposed) picture of Belén Maya and Manuel Liñán (pictured) mirroring each other while wearing bata de colas on the central pages of the Flamenco Festival brochure, I was disappointed that our photocall was two pieces with them dancing separately. I had looked forward to a collaboration: rumour has it that […]

London Duende

A visceral electronic heartbeat sets the mood as, within writhing mists at the back of the stage a single hand twists and turns as if capturing gossamer wings. The rest of the body emerges, as Ángel Muñoz dressed in black converses in dance with the electrical embodiment of jondo.

London Duende

Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival Back in the early days of the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, each artist was responsible for his or her own flamenco floor. A few years ago, I learned that the floor belonging to Eva Yerbabuena had been used for the duration of the festival.

London Duende

Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival When I started learning flamenco with Escuela de Baile, the monthly Peña Flamenca de Londres and a little bar in Hanway Street were the only places we could share our love of the dance.

London Duende

Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival  Even knowing that he’s an internationally acknowledged master, hugely respected for the quality of his old-world jondo and the way he interprets modern flamenco styles, it was difficult to reconcile the glimpses caught of the diminutive Miguel Poveda (pictured) backstage with his stage presence and voice, which has the […]

London Duende

Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival The friendly café staff at the Stage Door Bar and Café know I’m here to find stories, so as I set up on a nearby table tell me their latest news. Apparently, at lunchtime the people from Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras relax by picking out a palo, with […]

London Duende

Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras opened Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival with a production of La Pepa, which started 40 minutes late. This meant the audience was a tad twitchy, although I think it’s part of the fun to reminisce about flamenco-related mañana moments over a drink with friends.

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