A journey through the flamenco imagination of a great artist
Flamenco that defies prediction and description
“He's a dancer you need to see at least once” The Guardian
“A percussive machine all by himself” The New York Times
“To call Israel Galván a brilliant dancer is like saying Einstein was pretty good at physics” Daily Express
Seville-based Israel Galván is the world’s leading bailaor, winner of the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award in 2015 and the highest cultural honours that his native Spain has to offer.
Lightning-fast and passion-fuelled, the undisputed king of flamenco scorches the stage wherever he performs. His reinvented flamenco thrills a new generation.
Galván constantly surprises and pushes boundaries, whether collaborating with flamenco’s greatest stars or acclaimed contemporary dance figures such as Akram Khan.
On stage he is a natural chameleon, shifting gear from toreador machismo to moments of delicate, inward grace in the blink of an eye. Some of his movements are so fast you can hear the whiplash displacement of air; his use of darkness and silence ratchets up excitement to almost dangerous heights.
In FLA.CO.MEN everything daring is allowed. With his wonderful group of singers and musicians Galván sculpts sound and movement into an electrifying dialogue. He turns his entire body into a rhythmic playground — feet stamping, hands drumming on his chest to produce a bright metallic shower of sound. Imagine a high voltage flamenco jam-session with disco and Pina Bausch moves — a roller coaster trip through the imagination of a great artist.
Already a smash hit in London, Vienna, Paris, Jerusalem and everywhere it has been seen, FLA.CO.MEN has left audiences breathless, and critics scrambling for superlatives. In the words of one, “Galván does much more than dance, he creates a sparkling constellation.”
Approx 1 hr 30 mins with no interval