Rocío Molina (Málaga, 1984) has been dancing since she could walk. Following in the footsteps of flamenco innovator Israel Galván, she cuts her own path – headstrong and brazen – in flamenco, challenging herself all the way. In her latest creation, which she made on commission from the prestigious Theatre Chaillot in Paris, she uses great expressive power to extend the flamenco boundaries further. Razor-sharp and radical, first dancing a solo, then entering into virtuoso dialogue with her musicians, she hovers between tradition and experiment. She puts her body and her femininity in the service of a search for a new flamenco aesthetics, a domain where everything is possible.
As the Spanish theatre director Carlos Marquerie, with whom she has collaborated, puts it: Caída del Cielo (Fall from Heaven) is ‘a journey, a descent through light and shadow into the unknown, into the silence, the music, the racket, the chaos.’ In an extremely personal way, Rocío Molina strips flamenco of its routines and restraints. She marks the dawn of a new age in female flamenco dance.
Rocío Molina is ‘Dancer in Focus’ of this sixth edition of the Flamenco Biennial.
A production by Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris.
Premiere 3 November 2016.
Tues 24 Jan 20:00 - Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
Tues 24 Jan 19:00 - Introduction by Annette Embrechts
Sat 28 Jan 20:15 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
Sat 28 Jan 19:15 - Introduction by Annette Embrechts
Sat 28 Jan 21:45 - Meet the Artists with Annette Embrechts
Enjoy a Flamenco-diner at restaurant Zouthaven, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Take a look at the menu.