Flamenco dancer Israel Galván will present the UK premiere of La Fiesta at Sadler’s Wells on April 27–28, 2019. Inspired by the experience from his childhood of staying up late to partake in the “fin de fiesta,” the time after a show when the performers would throw off the restrictions of their roles and improvise […]
Our February edition is a beauty of an issue, from Flavia Cacace’s new tanning range and style tips by leading Amateur ballroom dancer Stefanie Bossen to cover star Janette Manrara’s glowing positivity…
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 […]
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).
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Celebrate Christmas with a touch of flamenco or the Argentine tango at Sadler’s Wells over the festive period. Christmas flamenco courses run between December 27 and 31, catering from everyone from complete beginners to professionals.
It was hard to convince oneself that Unleashed, the new show by Spanish dance heartthrob and media celebrity Joaquín Cortés, was a dance recital rather than a pop concert. Held for just two nights at Camden’s The Roundhouse (not a particularly good venue for dance on this viewing), the arena area around the centrally placed […]
Prosper Mérimée’s legendary novel Carmen, aided and abetted by Georges Bizet’s famous opera, has spawned innumerable international dance productions, including the fondly remembered creation by Roland Petit, and the not so fondly remembered version by Mats Ek. The latest incarnation of the story, which arrived at Sadler’s Wells on June 20, following “widespread critical acclaim […]