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Flamenco Festival 2019
2 Jul - 14 Jul|
For the first time, Flamenco Festival London comes to Sadler’s Wells in July. Start off the summer with a blast of fiery flamenco from the most exciting and legendary names in flamenco, in a programme that encompasses music and dance, the cutting-edge and the classical, with artists crossing both genre and gender divides, as they explore what flamenco is, and can be.
Among the most anticipated performances is the one by Sara Baras. The flamenco superstar makes a welcome return to London with her latest intoxicating flamenco spectacle, Sombras. Acclaimed for her charismatic stage presence and floor-pummelling footwork, Baras draws on a dance thread that has woven its way through her career, as she celebrates the 20th anniversary of her company. La Farruca, with its dramatic fast-footwork, is usually reserved for men. Performing alongside six dancers and accompanied by seven musicians, Baras, “a woman who can dance up not just a flamenco storm, but a hurricane” (The Guardian), claims La Farruca as her own.
There are other important names in the list, like the flamenco singer Miguel Poveda, who is renowned for both his deep respect for the heritage of the music, and also his improvised approach to it. In his first show at Sadler’s Wells since 2014, Poveda takes the audience on a tour of the traditional musical forms of flamenco, from the cantinas of Cadiz to the demanding la soleá repertoire, all the while sharing his personal connection to the music with a spontaneity that ensures a completely unique performance.
And, for the first time, one leg of the Flamenco Festival will take place at Rich Mix, showcasing some of the boldest new talent of female Flamenco artists. Bringing together six exceptional Flamenco and spoken word artists from Spain and the UK – including dancer Jesus Carmona, painter Andres Merida and multi-instrumentalist Sabio Janiak, who have paired with The YoniVerse Poetry Collective’s Amani Saeed, Shareefa Energy and Shruti Chauhan, a London-based poetry collective of South Asian women.