Party Time at Sadler’s Wells – La Fiesta with Israel Galván:
We’re looking forward to seeing Israel Galván, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary flamenco dancers, appearing at Sadler’s Wells on 27th April and 28th April. La Fiesta was inspired by Galván childhood, when he would stay up late to join in the ‘fin de fiesta’, the time after the show when performers improvised together, is most radical work to date.
For La Fiesta, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, Galván brings together a company of dancers and musicians including Jesús Aguilera, Eloísa Cantón, Emilio Caracafé, Ramón Martínez, Niño de Elche, Alejandro Rojas-Marcos, Alia Sellami and Uchi, encouraging them to bridge genre divides in this most flamenco of celebrations.
Awarded by the National Dance Prize in the category of creation, given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, for his capacity to generate a new creation in an art such as of flamenco without forgetting the true roots that have sustained it until today and that make of it a universal genre. Internationally renowned artist Israel Galván has also received a New York Bessie Performance Award, the Fine Arts Medal awarded by the Cabinet of Ministers of Spanish Government and 2016, Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France.
Born in Sevilla and the son of Sevillian Bailaores (flamenco dancers) José Galván and Eugenia de Los Reyes, he grew up surrounded by flamenco dance academies. Flamenco really is in his blood! Originating as a Gitano/Andalusian folk dance, flamenco has evolved over hundreds of years into a highly formalised and traditional dance practice; its inherited choreography demands restriction of the hips with ballet-like arm gestures and lightning-fast stamping footwork performed with precision. The footwork is essential to the unique compás of flamenco music – the frenetic time signature that gives the dance its relentless percussive rhythm.
For two nights only, on the 27th and 28th April 2019, he’ll be at Sadler’s Wells with his latest creation, La Fiesta which was first presented in 2017 at la Cour d’Honneur du Palais des Papes in Avignon Festival. Israel Galván is an Associate Artist of Théâtre de la Ville de Paris and at Teatros del Canal, Madrid. It promises to be an unmissable evening of dance and I’m thrilled to be going along. Find out more from the Sadler’s Wells website
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April
Tickets: £15 – £37
Performances at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or from the Sadler’s Wells website
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
If you can’t make these dates, we recommend A Simple Space at London Underbelly Festival