Vanesa Aibar is one of those rising young stars of contemporary flamenco making a name for herself. Following in the footsteps of great innovators like Andrés Marín and Belén Maya, she likes to use flamenco as a starting point to venture into modern or (Spanish) classical dancing. Sierpe (serpent) is the result of a “flamenco work in progress” in which Aibar goes in search of a new flamenco dance language through different representations of the serpent-female-goddess from ancient times onward. The serpent, ambivalent symbol of new life, sensuality and resurrection, but also of vengefulness and destruction, makes its appearance in a refreshing flamenco incarnation in this new work by Vanesa Aibar, which she composed under the direction of Juan Carlos Lerida. Not to be missed! World premiere at Theater Rotterdam, 2019 Dutch Flamenco Biennial.
Vanesa Aibar (Jaen 1983) made her mark in Eva Yerbabuena and Blanca Li’s company, and as the young choreographer of her own shows like A Solas con Bach, a solo for cello and dance. In 2014/5 she toured the USA and Canada with her own show called EviscerArte. She also works regularly with the “grand lady” of flamenco singing, Carmen Linares. In 2016 she surprised with her performance in Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo alongside Mayte Martín with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Flamenco Biennial’s Intermezzo series. Her talent did not go unnoticed in Spain. In 2012 she won the Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco de Madrid (Competition for Flamenco and Spanish Dancing) and at the same competition in 2015 she gained another award for her new solo piece Mujer en Azul. Remember the name: Vanesa Aibar. We certainly have not heard the last of her.
“The dazzling, sensual Spanish dance moves by the charismatic Vanesa Aibar were a real treat and drew all the attention.” - Het Parool