Philadelphia Flamenco Festival Performances of La Curva with Israel Galván, Inés Bacán, and Sylvie Courvoisier

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Israel Galván of Nuevo Flamenco: The Galván Legacy, the centerpiece of Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival, performing La Curva. Photo by Luca Fiaccavento.

La Curva features Inés Bacán’s spare singing, Sylvie Courvoisier’s atonal and dissonant compositions, which bear no resemblance to what we know of flamenco music. When there is no musical accompaniment, Israel Galván listens intently to his own body and explores the silence by creating a score using rhythms from his footwork, his snapping fingers, and even his voice.

Galván is known for his rhythmic experimentations, composing phrases that fragment rather than smoothly blend into traditional rhythms. He additionally reorganizes the sequence of song and guitar measures, invoking unusual emotional weight to his dynamic steps and directional changes. Galván’s innovations uproot flamenco, taking its movement into an abstract realm and infusing the classical style with a distinct personal aesthetic. Through the dozens of works he has created since founding his own company in 1996, Galván has revolutionized the conceptual possibilities of flamenco with his experimental investigations into choreography and staging.

Performances will be held on March 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. and March 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.


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