Caída del cielo
In her extraordinary virtuoso flamenco imbued with rock concert and performance art aesthetics, Rocío Molina is merciless. Powerful, transgressive, untamed dance.
An innovative, iconoclastic star of new flamenco, the Spanish dancer Rocío Molina is a force of nature in this subversive, electrifying piece. Blending untamed, virtuoso flamenco with a rock concert and performance art approach, she shatters conventions as she plunges into the feminine depths of a sensual, exuberant world.
Acoustic guitar, a cappella singing, distortion and a dynamic Rocío Molina nimbly twirling and ruthlessly pounding her heels. In her chrysalis dress, she shimmies and undulates into unknown territory, silently conquering the ground. Onstage she obliterates genres, playing the strutting torero, dabbling in cabaret, defying the musicians in an exhilarating duel. Breathless and exhausted, bathed in dirt and blood, this she-devil holds her own against flamenco. Unprecedented. A powerful, transgressive and unruly dance.
Produced by Danza Molina S.L.
Choreography and music direction Rocío Molina
Dramaturgy, direction and lighting design Carlos Marquerie
Ideation Carlos Marquerie + Rocío Molina
Original music Eduardo Trassierra in association with José Ángel Carmona + Pablo Martín Jones + José Manuel Ramos “Oruco”
Assistant to dance Elena Córdoba
Costumes / Costume design Cecilia Molano
Costume making Maty + López de Santos + Rafael Solís
Performed by Rocío Molina + Eduardo Trassierra (Guitars) + José Ángel Carmona (Singing and electric bass) + José Manuel Ramos “Oruco” (Hand-clapping, beat and percussion) + Pablo Martín Jones (Percussion and electronics)
Technical manager and lighting design Antonio Serrano
Sound design Javier Álvarez
Set manager Reyes Pipio
Production Assistant Magdalena Escoriza
Executive director Loïc Bastos
Co-produced by Chaillot – Théâtre National de la danse (Paris)
With the support of INAEM
Presented by Infopresse in association with Monument-National
Written by Jessie Mill
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video Les Films de la Butte co-produced with Danza Molina S.L. + TV Sud Montpellier in association with ARTE France
Premiered at Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, on November 3, 2016
Rocío Molina (Seville)
Born in Andalusia near Màlaga in 1984, the young prodigy of new flamenco began dancing at the age of three.
Rocío Molina joined María Pagés’ dance company at age 17 shortly before completing her studies at the dance conservatory in Madrid, following in the footsteps of great innovators who have reinvented the genre, notably Israel Galván, with whom she has also performed. She won the Spanish Ministry of Culture national award in 2010 for her contribution to the renewal of flamenco, and in 2016 received the Giraldillo award at the Flamenco Biennial in Seville.
Attached to flamenco tradition, she placed herself under the patronage of the legendary Carmen Amaya. She plays with clichéd images of women by using traditional attributes — the shawl, the fan, a gown with a sweep train — as weapons to combat macho stereotypes. In 2006 at age 22 Rocío Molina created her first piece Entre paredes (Among the Walls), soon followed by other works where she pushed the boundaries of the discipline. After a performance in New York of her 2008 piece Ojo viejo (Old Gold), the great Mikhaïl Baryshnikov entered her dressing room and knelt before her in unabashed admiration, contributing to her mythical status. For her 2011 solo Danzaora y vinática (2011) she was inspired by Pieter Brueghel’s painting The Tower of Babel, while her 2014 piece Bosque Ardora (Ardora’s Forest) explored war and hunting. Carlos Marquerie has been her faithful accomplice since 2009, regularly assisting her as a dramaturge and set and lighting designer, and now as the co-artistic director of Caída del Cielo.