The ever popular annual Flamenco Festival returns to Sadler’s Wells for the 14th year from 15th to 26th February, the festival explores the varied styles of the art form with performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians.
Opening this year’s festival on the main stage is a UK premiere from the Israel Galván with FLA.CO.MEN which pushes the boundaries of the dance form. Flamenco Festival favourite Eva Yerbabuena returns to Sadler’s Wells with the UK Premiere of Apariencias on the 17th to 19th February. Renowned as being one of Spain’s leading dancers, she is accompanied by four dancers and her critically acclaimed ensemble of musicians, including African guest singer Alana Sinkëy.
One of the most renowned Flamenco dancers of Jerez, Mercedes Ruiz brings Déjame que te baile which translates to Let me dance for you to Sadler’s Wells on Tuesday 21 February.. This UK Premiere is an autobiographical work glancing back on Ruiz career, which was marked by a love of flamenco from an early age.
A highlight of each year’s Flamenco Festival, Gala Flamenca 2017, created specially for the London festival runs from 23rd to 25th February. Directed by Manuel Liñan, Gala Flamenca 2017 features some of the most exciting figures on the flamenco scene including the legendary Gypsy dancer Juana Amaya, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona, Patricia Guerrero, and Rocío Marquez.
Closing this year’s festival is choreographer, director, and multi award-winning dancer Cía. Manuel Liñán with the UK Premiere of Reversible on Sunday 26th February. Liñán returns to Sadler’s Wells with an emotional voyage back to the memories and instincts of childhood.
Sadler’s Wells also runs a small flamenco programme in the Lilian Baylis Studio. This year’s programme focuses on intimate music concerts.
Opening the programme on Wednesday 22nd February is flamenco guitarist Santiago Lara performing a show which is a flamenco tribute to American jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Metheny.
Completing the programme is flamenco singer Rocío Márquez and flamenco guitarist Miguel Ángel Cortés who will be performing an intimate concert on Sunday 26th February.
For more information , visit the Sadler’s Wells website here
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