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Israel Galván "La Curva" during IV Dutch Flamenco Biennale - Rotterdam, 20 January 2013

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Published on May 4, 2013

As the son of a Sevillian dancer, Israel Galván was brought up on flamenco. The Spanish choreographer and dancer followed in the footsteps of his father José Galván and his teacher Mario Maya, but came to adapt tradition to his own purposes. Israel Galván dances on the edge, breaks up traditional movements, abruptly changes the rhythms and freezes his position at the most unexpected moments. 'Galván shows his mastery by standing still', wrote the New York Times. In his work, Galván unravels all the elements of the traditional flamenco to create a new flamenco space and then connects them with music and dance from other genres.

In La Curva, a tribute to Vicente Escudero, a revolutionary dancer from the last century, he does this with Inés Bacan, one of the most sensitive voices of the cante jondo, his loyal rhythm companion Bobote and jazz pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. Israel Galván writes the flamenco tradition; let's join him in that.

'Israel Galván treats flamenco dance with the audacity of a lover. He destroys the gesture, moving as a bird, he leaves walking. Sometimes he flies.'
Le Monde

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