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Press Release: Sadler's Wells - Flamenco Festival London 10th Anniversary

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Flamenco Festival London 10th Anniversary

Friday 15 - Wednesday 27 March 2013

Sadler’s Wells, EC1R

Performances at 7.30pm and 8:00pm (listed below)

Tickets: £12 - £40 (main house shows)

Ticket Office 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena !Ay! – World Premiere

Farruquito Abolengo

Estrella Morente Autorretrato (Self Portrait)

Rocío Molina Danzaora

Tomatito In Concert

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía Metáfora

Israel Galván La Curva

“The Flamenco Festival is now an eagerly anticipated annual fixture” Daily Express

Sadler’s Wells’ acclaimed annual season of flamenco dance and music celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. This two week festival includes performances of flamenco in both its traditional and contemporary forms, popular with new comers and flamenco enthusiasts alike.

This year’s Flamenco Festival London features eight productions in the main house including a special gala featuring Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Belén López and Jesús Carmona, and three special performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio, as well as additional events, masterclasses, workshops and film screenings happening around the building throughout the festival. Full details of additional festival events will be posted on www.sadlerswells.com during the festival.

Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena


World Premiere

Friday 15 - Saturday 16 March

Eva Yerbabuena is recognised one of the world’s finest flamenco dancers. Balancing innovation in the art form with a close observation of flamenco traditions, Yerbabuena maintains the purity of the rhythms and lines of flamenco whilst marking herself out as one of the most exciting figures dancing today.



Sunday 17 March

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of the century”, acclaimed flamenco performer Farruquito makes his highly anticipated return to the Sadler’s Wells stage. He is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro. Farruquito is joined on stage by guest artist Karime Amaya, the grandniece of renowned flamenco master Carmen Amaya.

Estrella Morente

Autorretrato (Self Portrait)

Monday 18 March

The daughter of singer Enrique Morente and dancer Aurora Carbonell, Spanish superstar Estrella Morente has enjoyed critical acclaim since the release of her debut album in 2001. Her reputation was cemented after her appearance on the soundtrack for Pedro Almódovar’s film Volver. Now, she returns to Sadler’s Wells to present her 2012 album, Autorretrato.

Rocío Molina Company


Tuesday 19 March

Described as an “exceptional artist” (New York Times), award-winning flamenco dancer, and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Rocío Molina has quickly established herself as one of the most important choreographers and performers at the forefront of flamenco. Danzaora combines flamenco with traditional ‘bolera’ and Spanish classical dance.


In Concert

Wednesday 20 March

Multiple Latin Grammy award-winner and world renowned flamenco guitarist Tomatito returns to Sadler’s Wells following his sell out performance at the Flamenco Festival in 2011. A celebrated gypsy flamenco guitarist, Tomatito’s music is a blend of traditional flamenco and jazz. During his career he has shared the stage with international stars including Elton John and Chick Corea.

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía


Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 March

Spain’s renowned Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, under the direction of Ruben Olmo, present Metáfora. With an impressive cast of 19 performers, the production contrasts classical and folk elements of flamenco and features traditional castanets, fans and ‘bata de cola’ dresses. Among the company’s talented soloists are Pastora Galván and Rocío Molina.

Israel Galván

La Curva

Sunday 24 March

Israel Galván is well known in dance circles for his intricate footwork and innovative contemporary works which are deeply rooted in the flamenco tradition. For La Curva, he works with two female musicians; singer Ines Bacan and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier.

Gala Flamenca: Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Belén López, Jesús Carmona

Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 March

To mark the tenth anniversary Gala some of flamenco’s greatest stars, spanning three generations, will present a mixed bill of traditional and contemporary flamenco. Angel Rojas will direct Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Belén López and Jesús Carmona among others in a special flamenco finale for the tenth anniversary.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, the Flamenco Festival London extends this year into the Lilian Baylis Studio with Beyond Flamenco. These three special events, Romances on Friday 22 March and In Progress on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, showcase new experimental work by emerging contemporary flamenco artists, giving a unique insight into the newest innovations in the art form.


Friday 22 March

Tickets: £20

Directed by Juan Kruz from Sasha Waltz’s company, Romances is a collaboration between singer Sandra Carrasco and dancers Valeriano Paños and Rafael Estevez. Taking inspiration from Flemish music and romantic music of the Spanish Renaissance, Romances explores themes of loss, exile and separation. Romances won the award for best direction at the 2012 la Bienal de Flamenco de Seville.


Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March

Tickets: £6

During a unique research period at Sadler’s Wells in the week of the Flamenco Festival, two of flamenco’s most exciting talents will share their work on stage. Olga Pericet will be working with designer Holly Waddingham alongside choreographer and dancer Juan Carlos Lérida and musician “Sila” on Saturday 23 March. Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Rocío Molina will work with video artist Yoav Segal and two hip hop artists, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji, with the results presented on Sunday 24 March.

The festival will also be presenting for the first time a series of short performances in the foyer of Sadler’s Wells. Tapeos is a series designed to encourage creativity and provide an opportunity for young, experimental artists from any style of dance and music to have the chance to be part of the Flamenco Festival London. Artists are invited to submit works for consideration on youtube, and a selection of pieces will then be chosen by Curator Juan Carlos Lérida. The chosen works will be innovative, made for unconventional spaces, and directly inspired by flamenco. Details on how to submit work can be obtained by emailing tapeos@falmencofestival.org

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