Israel Galván

La fiesta
National premiere


27 Fri 21.00h

RIVOLI Grand Auditorium

12.00€ • 1.30h • >6


Concept, artistic direction and choreography Israel Galván
Dramaturgical apparatus Pedro G. Romero
Lighting design Carlos Marquerie
Musical co-direction Israel Galván, Niño de Elche
Staging collaboration Patricia Caballero, Carlos Marquerie
Staging assistant Balbina Parra
Set design Pablo Pujol
Sound design Pedro León
Costumes Peggy Housset
Artistic coordinator Carole Fierz
Cast Israel Galván, Jesús Aguilera, Eloísa Cantón, Emilio Caracafé, Ramón Martínez, Niño de Elche, Alejandro RojasMarcos Uchi, com a colaboração de Byzantine Ensemble Polytropon, direção musical de Panagiotis Andriopoulos, vozes de Panagiotis Andriopoulos, Charalampos Kalapanidas, Roni Bou Saba e Dimitrios Karadimas
Technical director Pablo Pujol
Light Rubén Camacho
Sound Pedro León
Stage manager Balbina Parra
Road manager Marcos Avilés
Produced by Cisco Casado 
Production consultant Dietrich Grosse
Production assistant Amparo Hernández
Assistente administrativo Rosario Gallardo
Communication Jaime Quintero
Co-produced by Festspielhaus St. Pölten (inkl. Artist Residency) Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette – Paris, Festival d’Avignon Théâtre de Nîmes – scène conventionée pour la danse contemporaine, Sadler’s Wells London, Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre De l’Archipel – scène nationale de Perpignan, L’Onde – Théâtre et Centre d’art de VélizyVillacoublay, Teatro Central de Sevilla
Supports Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales, Consejería de Cultura Junta de Andalucía, INAEM Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte – España Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco, Temporada Alta Festival de Tardor de Catalunya, GironaSalt and Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater

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After discovering “FLA.CO.MEN” during the 2016/17 season, Porto once again welcomes Israel Galván, one of the greatest flamenco innovators nowadays, who returns to Rivoli’s stage to literally party with “La fiesta” [The party]. 
Heir to Seville’s school and Franco dictatorship, Galván covered the four corners of the world as bailaor until he decided to experiment with, dramatise and reinvent flamenco. He says he just changed the syllables, without ever leaving its territory or its memory, but broadening the choice of codes it encloses. “La fiesta”, however, entails an about-turn. The awarded artist now decides to return to the essence, to his childhood, a circle of life closing “as if he had travelled hundreds of miles to return to where he started.” Back to the tablaos where his parents used to dance, to flared skirts, to the peinetas that undo at the end of the presentation, the energy of this party starts by its very ending, when roles are exchanged, when a dance not meant to be seen is played. The energy spreads to the audience through the music, which relies on the contribution of the Byzantine Ensemble Polytropon and emphasises the tragic feeling of life and its lamentations, and through the movement one feels even with one’s eyes closed. “La fiesta” goes from virtuosity and tradition to breaking canons and to the freedom to dance. The audience are invited to vibrate and most importantly to unravel the riddles of this party filled with personal and collective recollections.

Israel Gálvan was born in Seville, in 1973. His parents were flamenco dancers. He started practicing with his father at a very early age, performing for the first time at the age of five in Seville’s tablao, La Trocha. He went on to study with Mario Maya and later became the lead dancer in his company. He worked with a number of famous names, including Manuela Carrasco, Manuel Soler and Vicente Amigo. It was during this period that he won three of the most prestigious flamenco awards — the Vicente Escudero Award in 1995, and the El Desplante Award and the I Competition of Young Performers Award in 1996. He set up his own dance company in 1998.

Workshop with Pilar López - © Laurent Philippe

© Laurent Philippe