"Flamenco Festival London" tag
Compañía Rafaela Carrasco in Born a Shadow.© Beatriz Monclar. (Click image for larger version)

Compañía Rafaela Carrasco – Born a Shadow – London

★★★★✰   Born a Shadow: Compañía Rafaela Carrasco’s inspired show had a powerful narrative drive.

Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona.© Beatrix Mexi Molnar. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona – Ímpetus – London

★★★✰✰   Ímpetus promised a mix of modern ballet with traditional flamenco, a show shaped by new interpretations of classic Spanish music…

La Chana and Gema Moneo in Goddess of Compás.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gala Flamenca La Chana – Goddess of Compás – London

★★★★✰   Rarely have I witnessed a prolonged standing ovation midway through a show but it happened here to acknowledge the legendary gypsy bailaora from Barcelona, known as La Chana.

Úrsula López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal – Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – London

★★★★✰   In each section of Painter and Flamenco the dancers personify not only the spirit and energy of de Torres’ portraits but also the poetry of his art.

La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Gala Flamenca La Chana at Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Úrsula López, Leonor Leal and Tamara López in Painter and Flamenco: J.R.T..© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Úrsula López, Tamara López & Leonor Leal in Painter & Flamenco: J.R.T. – Flamenco Festival London 2018

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

María Pagés Compañía in Yo Carmen.© David Ruano. (Click image for larger version)

María Pagés Compañía – Yo Carmen – London

★★★✰✰   Yo Carmen was originally billed as a radical reimagining of Bizet’s opera and that’s not exactly the case. Don’t go along to this thinking that you will see any representation of the story with gypsies and bullfighters, or any male characters dancing.

Sadler's Wells publicity image for Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia's Tempo of Light.© Sadler's Wells. (Click image for larger version)

Carmen Linares, Arcángel & Marina Heredia – Tempo of Light – London

★★★★★   This was flamenco puro in its most fabulous form, dominated – as it should be – by the voice, led by three of the most celebrated of today’s star flamenco singers. It doesn’t get much better.

Compania Manuel Linan.© Marcos G Punto. (Click image for larger version)

Compania Manuel Liñán – Reversible – London

★★★★★   Liñán is one of flamenco’s great innovators; driving the art forward through the twenty-first century…

Manuel Liñan.© Marcos G Punto. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Manuel Liñán, Flamenco dancer and choreographer

Manuel Liñán will be very busy during this year’s Flamenco Festival London. He is directing the annual Gala Flamenca (23-25 February) and also his company will close the Festival…

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eva Yerbabuena – Apariencias – London

★★★✰✰   The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – FLA.CO.MEN – London

★★★✰✰   The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Israel Galván: FLA.CO.MEN, London Flamenco Festival 2017

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Compania Manuel Linan in Nómada.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Compañía Manuel Liñán – Nómada – London

At the conclusion Liñán stalks over to the edge of the stage and looks at the front row of the stalls as if to challenge all comers to take him on.

Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Nacional de España – Grito and Suite Sevilla – London

Flamenco in the hands of Ballet Nacional de España is far from the rough and ready peña experience: Antonio Najarro’s Madrid-based company offers instead precision-tooled dance…

Manuel Linan in Nómada.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Compañía Manuel Liñán in Nómada – Flamenco Festival London 2015

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla – Flamenco Festival London 2015

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Carmen Cortés with Gerardo Núñez and musicians In Concert.© Grzegorz Ziemianski, www.fotohuta.pl. (Click image for larger version)

Gerardo Núñez with guest dancer Carmen Cortés – In Concert – London

For dance fans, the chance to see Carmen Cortés is an unalloyed joy. When she abandons providing palmeos and steps to the front of the stage, she prowls cat-like around the music…

Lucia Campillo - part of the Gala Flamenca evening.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Gala Flamenca: Flamenco Festival London 2015

Gala Flamenca – part of Flamenco Festival London 2015 at Sadler’s Wells. Pictures of Lucia Campillo, Karime Amaya and Carmen Coy. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the photocall for us…

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