Posted on March 6, 2014
Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival
During this year’s festival fortnight Juan Martín performs at Finchley, with Olivar Dance Company at Dulwich, both on Saturday 15, then on Sunday 16 Ilusion Flamenca offers masterclasses with Farruquito (pictured) in Covent Garden and Flamenco Express performs in Peckham. Sunday 17 sees Sam Quy celebrating Lorca at the Peña (still London’s oldest and largest flamenco club), while Escuela de Baile offers 22 classes on all aspects of flamenco.
You might think that these events are part of the festival fringe, but London’s flamenco life has become so vibrant, there’s no need for a fringe at all. Ilusion Flamenca holds regular workshops (their last was with Antonio Canales), Escuela de Baile‘s 11 weekly classes are supplemented by an Easter course with Javier Latorre and Beatriz Morales, other flamencos perform regularly and there’s a monthly flamenco night at Ronnie Scott’s.
Judging by Flamenco Festival’s increasing reach such growth is a world-wide phenomenon. At least some of the credit for this must go to its founder, Miguel Marin.
Photograph: Sophie M Hlenburg