Dutch Flamenco Biennale 2011
21-01 | 30-01
De top en voorhoede van de flamenco verzamelde zich voor de derde keer in Nederland van 21 t/m 30 januari 2011. Op een enkele voorstelling na waren alle 27 voorstellingen volledig uitverkocht. De tientallen workshops, lezingen en masterclasses zaten vol. De Flamenco Biënnale trok in dit jaar 10.000 bezoekers.
Sin Muros / Without Walls | David Peña ‘Dorantes’, Renaud García-Fons & Theodosii Spassov
21 January 2011 | Rotterdamse Schouwburg
David Peña ‘Dorantes’ was born to play flamenco. And the urge to explore new musical horizons is equally in his blood. First of all, the 41-year-old from Lebrija – one of the greatest flamenco strongholds – chose the piano over the guitar. And like his uncle, the great singer El Lebrijano, who crossed the sea to explore North African music as early as the 1970s, ‘Dorantes’ also looks beyond the traditional borders of flamenco. With flamenco oozing from every pore of his piano, he takes us from the Mediterranean sounds of his musical friends, jazz bassist Renaud García-Fons and Theodosii Spassov, a master of the Bulgarian kaval (wooden shepherd’s flute) into an open flamenco space. In this musical sphere, he sets the stage for two special guests: dancers Pastora Galván – sister to the famous Israel Galván – and Joaquín Grilo, who struck the audience like an avalanche at the final gala night of the 2008 Flamenco Biennial. And like a house, a cathedral, the voice of José Valencia represents tradition in this musical dialogue. In this spectacular opening performance of the third edition of the Dutch Flamenco Biennial, three musical worlds meet in an explosion of jazzy rhythms and improvisations that will long continue to reverberate through body and soul.
Oro Viejo / Old Gold | Compañía Rocío Molina
23 January 2011 | Rotterdamse Schouwburg
‘She is short and squat, but she dances like God.’ Spanish flamenco critics are often divided, but they all agree on one thing: Rocío Molina (1984) has started a new era in female flamenco dancing.
Molina started dancing at the age of three, and she never stopped. In her as yet relatively short career, she has received many awards and shared the limelight with a host of other great dancers, including Israel Galván, María Pagés, Belén Maya and Merché Esmeralda. The career of the young dancer from Málaga has seen a meteoric rise both in flamenco circles and beyond. Mikhail Baryshnikov recently literally threw himself at her feet in New York.
The Málagueña interprets the flamenco tradition in a highly individual style, with a temperament, musicality and certainty that belie her age.‘ As soon as she comes on stage, the transforms it into a garden full of flamenco poetry,’ the press wrote. In Oro Viejo she pays tribute to the old flamenco treasures. Molina, bends, turns and gyrates around them, weaving her own story. With contemporary moves she is already creating her own repertoire, soaring to a new and at the same time profoundly personal flamenco dance. In Oro Viejo Molina dances time: past, present and future. With her hands, feet and body she weaves tradition into gossamer. She brings time to a standstill and lets us look on in awe as she creates her own ‘flamenco time’.
ConCierto Gusto | Compañía Rafaela Carrasco
25 January 2011 | Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Rabozaal)
With Belén Maya and Isabel Bayón, Rafaela Carrasco is part of a new wave of female flamenco dancers and choreographers who have developed a new, contemporary flamenco idiom for the future. In this ConCierto Gusto she returns to an intimate setting, exploring the boundaries of flamenco in an intense dialogue with her musicians.
Jesús Méndez, Diego del Morao en Joaquín Grilo | MAESTRIA DE JEREZ
26 January 2011, Rasa Utrecht
Joaquín Grilo’s feet are a fully-fledged percussion instrument. This dancer from Jerez de la Frontera made a huge impression in Miguel Poveda’s Sin Frontera on the final night of the 2nd Flamenco Biennial in 2008. Grilo combines a spectacular intensity with flair and wit. He takes great pleasure in sending up flamenco tradition and turning it inside out. He is accompanied by singer Jesús Méndez, a scion of the famous gypsy clan of the legendary La Paquera de Jerez. Rising star Méndez was cast by Carlos Saura in his latest film, Flamenco Flamenco (2010). The guitar is in the capable hands of Diego del Morao, who will replace his father Moraíto Chico. It promises to be a mouth-watering musical summit of the Jerez school of flamenco.
Miguel Poveda, ‘El Torta’, Jesús Méndez, Diego Carrasco, Joaquín Grilo | TERREMOTO DE JEREZ
27 Januari 2011 | Melkweg
The voice of Fernando Terremoto (1969 - 2010) echoed the flamenco of his ancestors. Especially that of his father, the great gypsy singer Terremoto de Jerez of whom people used to say: ‘if pain was ever beautiful, it was when Terremoto sang’. His son Fernando Jr had the same hoarse voice forged from the most precious of metals, full of musicality and capable of causing an inner ‘landslide’. A star cast of dancers, singers and guitarists from Jerez de la Frontera will play a grand musical performance at this Flamenco Biennial in honour of the singer. It is a celebration of life, of tradition and of the rhythms of Jerez, that inexhaustible flamenco breeding ground. Rhythm king Diego Carrasco weaves like a juggler through the mosaic of gypsy families, young and old that are gathered on stage: Los Moneo, Los Zambo, Los de La Morena, Los Méndez. All this driven along by the guitars of Moraíto Chico and his son Diego del Morao, masters of the soniquete (swing) of Jerez.
Jerez will show itself in all its splendour in Amsterdam. There is only one adopted son: Miguel Poveda. This singer from Barcelona, who has bowled over audiences all over the world and brought the previous Biennial to a glorious close, has found his second home in Jerez and will pay special tribute to his friend Fernando Terremoto.
This unique line-up of stars is sure to produce an evening crammed full of rhythm as only people from Jerez can provide. We are expecting a little Terremoto de Jerez in Amsterdam.
Rosario la Tremendita & Mohammad Motamedi | QASIDA
28 January 2011 | Bimhuis
30 January 2011 | RASA
Spanish poet Federico García Lorca described the cante jondo – deeply felt flamenco singing – as a ‘rare example of primitive song whose notes contain the naked and horrific emotion of the first oriental civilisations.’ A test of Lorca’s words might be the Qasida project, an extraordinary musical encounter between the young Sevillian cantaora Rosario ‘La Tremendita’ and her Iranian peer Mohammad Motamedi. ‘More flamenco than La Tremendita is impossible’, the French newspaper Le Monde recently wrote after the presentation of her debut album A Tiempo at the Seville Biennial. In Qasida the singer explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi, the young rising star of Iranian classical music. Songs of Spanish folk poetry and Persian high art merge into a musical world in which the Al-Andalus of old is perhaps briefly revived.
'El Torta', Arcángel, Diego del Morao | NOCHE DE CANTE JONDO
29 January 2011 | Bimhuis Amsterdam
‘A singer’s position is between two major lines: the arch of heaven above and the zigzag that shoots up from the soul,’ Federico García Lorca wrote in his Architecture of the Cante Jondo. This Night of the Singers joins two great flamenco vocalists, ‘El Torta’ and Arcángel, who mark two extremes in the flamenco spectrum. And they are accompanied by two almost equal masters of the guitar: Diego del Morao and Miguel Ángel Cortés.
‘El Torta’ is the epitome of the cante puro: raw through and through. For many years he was out of sight, suffering from too much life, but now Juan Moneo ‘El Torta’ is back in the limelight, and in the greatest form of his life. He sings as never before in the most demanding vocal tradition, which he absorbed in his habitat, the gypsy quarter of San Miguel. ‘When El Torta sings, it is an event, it is the art of a man who never treads the beaten track,’ the Spanish daily El País wrote upon his return to the stage. ‘To see El Torta is to see a singer in a ruthless struggle with himself.’
Arcángel is one of the leading lights of a new generation of vocalists who is making waves internationally with his creative renditions of the classical jondo repertoire. This singer from Huelva creates his own world with a voice that he himself classifies as unusual within flamenco. He likes to transcend flamenco borders. For example, he collaborated with the Orchestre Tetuan from Morocco and lent his voice to a number of contemporary pieces of the Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo, with whom he will perform during the final gala performance Flamenco Sin Fin in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
Nieuw Ensemble / Ed Spanjaard e.a. | FLAMENCO SIN FIN
30 January 2011 | Muziekgebouw Aan 't IJ
This special co-production of the Nieuw Ensemble and the Dutch Flamenco Biennial shows how contemporary and worldly flamenco is. In this richly layered musical programme, flamenco, popular art par excellence, spreads its wings and soars into the present. This show includes first performances of Fabio Nieder’s imaginative arrangement of De Falla’s famous Siete Canciones, the Black Star Suite of German composer Florian Magnus Maier and Muerte Sin Fin of Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo, ‘scenic sketches’ based on the poem of the same title by Mexican poet José Gorostiza, which the Flamenco Biennial commissioned him to write for the Nieuw Ensemble. Frangiz Ali-Zade has composed a piece for the Azerbaijani mugam singer Zabit Nabizade and the Nieuw Ensemble. Just as flamenco, mugam has its roots in intense expressive improvised singing of a highly personal nature. Two leading flamenco soloists will take the stage: young rising star dancer Fuensanta ‘La Moneta’ and singer Arcángel, whose subtly expressive voice adapts beautifully to other kinds of music. The afternoon performance will show many unexpected aspects of flamenco.