EL FINAL DE ESTE ESTADO DE COSAS, REDUX
Accompanied by 12 musicians playing flamenco, rock and jazz, the eccentric Israel Galván pushes the limits of contemporary flamenco in a fiery dance of exorcism. Amazing.
Fear Put to Death
Invincible conqueror of an independent and assertive Spanish dance identity, the incredibly talented Israel Galván continues with his bold explorations of the still virgin territory of flamenco. Extracting its very substance and magnifying its movements in dazzling bursts and suspensions, he injects the gist into energetic arabesques, light-footed tarentellas, butoh poses. He remains ever genuine, always true to what he embodies.
After making a splash at the FTA with Arena (2007), this time round he is accompanied by 11 musicians who play flamenco, heavy metal and contemporary music in a variation on the them of the Apocalypse in El final de este estado de cosas, redux. From the Whore of Babylon to the Israeli-Lebanese war by way of confrontations with his own demons, this is a wild, furious dance created to stave off fear and destroy the end to the way things are, as indicated by the title. After this exorcism, nothing will be as it was before, neither flamenco nor this brilliant dancer-choreographer nor the audience.
Pushing the Limits
Since his first choreography in 1998, Israel Galván has been constantly adapting and renewing his dance vocabulary. He is supported in his approach by the visual artist Pedro G. Romero, artistic director of the company. After paying tribute to Vicente Escudero in Mira! Los zapatos rojos, he was inspired by Kafka and Anna Pavlova’s dance of the swan in creating la Metamorfosis. More personal themes were the motor for Galvánicas, and the subject matter for Arena (FTA, 2007) was bullfighting. Two singers in La edad de oro and La curva (Tábula rasa) propel the confrontation between tradition and contemporary trends. One of them is Inès Bacan, who appeared in El final de este estado de cosas, redux, a piece where Galván pushed his obsession with death to new heights.
CREATED BY COMPAÑÍA ISRAEL GALVÁN
CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE ISRAEL GALVÁNARTISTIC DIRECTION PEDRO G. ROMERO – MÁQUINA PHDIRECTION TXIKI BERRAONDOSINGING INÉS BACÁN + JUAN JOSÉ AMADOR GUITAR ALFREDO LAGOS PERCUSSIONS JOSÉ CARRASCO DANCE PALMAS, COMPÁS BOBOTE VIOLIN ELOÍSA CANTÓN BASS MARCO SERRATO (« ORTHODOX ») GUITARRICARDO JIMENEZ (« ORTHODOX ») DRUMS BORJA DÍAZ (« ORTHODOX »)PERCUSSIONS ANTONIO MORENO (« PROYECTO LORCA »)SAXOPHONES ANTONIO BOCANEGRA (« PROYECTO LORCA »)
PRODUCED BY A NEGRO PRODUCCIONES PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGENCE ANDALOUSE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DU FLAMENCO – JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA + UNION EUROPÉENNE / EUROPEAN UNION FEDER
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CARREFOUR INTERNATIONAL DE THÉÂTRE DE QUÉBEC + PLACE DES ARTS
PREMIERED AT TEATRO DE LA MAESTRANZA, SEVILLA, SEPTEMBER 2008
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADOTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
ISRAEL GALVÁN (SÉVILLE)
Israel Galván, Free Spirit of Flamenco
A son of bailaores, Israel Galván making his tablao début at the age of four, began studying classical ballet at 12 and became a professional dancer in his twenties.
After a few years in the company of the avant-gardist Mario Maya, he revolutionized flamenco with his first piece, Mira!Los zapatos rojos. That led to choreographing for the Ballet Nacional de España. Taking his inspiration from the great masters, he purged flamenco of excessive gesture, introducing immobility and combining flamenco with other dance styles and thus rejuvenating the relationship between the body and the music. The recipient of several awards, this 38-year-old resident of Seville has established a reputation as an exceptional dancer and choreographer.