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Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival

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).

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

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 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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