“I think that celebration is at once the expression and the necessary component of my culture.” Fiesta is the manifestation of a specific aspect of Spanish culture, which expresses itself throughout the year through festivals and religious celebrations, carnivals and pilgrimages. But it is also a precise and codified moment in a flamenco show in which the performers announce the finale by switching roles (fin de fiesta). When Israel Galván thinks of those moments, the Andalusian choreographer is reminded of artists for whom celebration was work and lost their intrinsic necessity, or of thousands of people like caught in a vice on the street, prisoners of compact crowds its cannot escape. Those celebrations have nothing to do with those of his community, of family. Intimate celebrations through which “can appear a certain violence, a certain eroticism, in a sort of general feeling of liberation.” He has chosen to bring together unique dancers and musicians (Emilio Caracafé, El Junco, Ramón Martínez, Niño de Elche, Uchi), and not only flamenco performers (Eloísa Cantón, Minako Seki, Alia Sellami), for he believes that a voice becomes flamenca as soon as it is accompanied by flamenco music. Israel Galván doesn't just try to render the truth of his fiesta, largely unknown to the public, a truth that can stand separation between the arts that make it up almost as little as it can too much preparation, he also seeks to experience this feeling forbidden to the great soloists of his art: to be one with the group, to experience something greater than himself. Bringing his Fiesta to the Cour d'honneur will give him that chance.
The son of dancers José Galván and Eugenia de los Reyes, Israel Galván, born in Seville in 1973, grew up in tablaos and flamenco schools, in an atmosphere of fiesta. In 1994, he joined Mario Maya's Compañía Andaluza de Danza. He created his first show in 1998, ¡Mira! / Los zapatos rojos, which was enthusiastically received by critics. He followed it up with, among other, La Metamorfosis (2000), Arena (2004), La Edad de oro (2005), El Final de este estado de cosas (which he presented at the Festival d'Avignon in 2009), La Curva (2010), Lo Real/Le Réel/The Real (2012), FLA.CO.MEN (2013). He built his international reputation on the boldness of his creations, born of a perfect mastery of the choreographic culture of flamenco and based on his own inner states. Open to stylistic daring in all its forms, the choreographer alternates intimate forms, great shows, and collaborations with contemporary artists such as Enrique Morente, Pat Metheny, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Akram Khan (TOROBAKA, 2015). His work has earned him numerous awards, including the New York Bessie Performance Award and the National Dance Award for Exceptional Artistry (United Kingdom). In 2016, he was named Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Design, artistic direction and choreography Israel Galván
Dramaturgy Pedro G. Romero
Music Israel Galván et Niño de Elche
Collaboration with the director Patricia Caballero
Stage design Pablo Pujol
Lights Carlos Marquerie
Sound Pedro León
Costumes Peggy Housset
Assistant director Balbi Parra
With Eloísa Cantón, Emilio Caracafé, Israel Galván, El Junco, Ramón Martínez, Niño de Elche, Minako Seki, Alia Sellami, Uchi
Production A Negro Producciones
Co-production Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette-Paris, Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre de Nîmes Scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine, Sadlers Wells-London, Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt (Wolfsburg), MA Scène nationale - Pays de Montbéliard, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de l'Archipel Scène nationale de Perpignan, Teatro Central de Séville
With the support of the Agence andalouse d'institutions culturelles - Junta de Andalucía, INAEM - Ministère de l'Éducation, de la Culture et du Sport d'Espagne and for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Adami, Fondation BNP Paribas
With the help of Grec Festival of Barcelona, Temporada Alta - Festival de Tardor de Catalunya (Gérone), Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (Nagoya)